Artwork By Kathie Chicoine


I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs for many years; I’ve lived in the Midwest-which is my favorite part of the country- for all  my life.
I’ve always been interested in art and especially inspired by color, texture, and shapes, but in my younger years, I worked as a nurse manager on Alzheimer units for a long while. When I retired, my husband gave me a digital camera for Christmas and that opened up a whole new interest that involved  nature, color, imagination and creativity. In the process I  discovered that I  had a talent that I hadn’t realized I’d possessed..

I love taking photographs of nature – especially flowers. I’m often in the forest preserves and parks surrounding Chicago and at the botanic gardens clicking away. I started taking photos of nature primarily, but in the past couple of years, I’ve become fascinated with creating totally new images through the technique of editing my original photographs. I frequently start by layering several of them. Then I experiment with various editing tools, filters and textures, until I create an image that is most appealing to me. Sometimes I simply use a filter and texture to give the photograph a softer look… for instance, giving it the look of an oil painting. My photographic art is based on my original photographs. There are several image editors that I enjoy experimenting with to see what unique images I can create. My current favorites are Zoner, Gimp and Paint.Net. I use an inexpensive Canon point and shoot camera for the majority of my photographs.

A new interest involves creating fun, joyful images directly from the computer. My digital art frequently has a whimsical, childlike quality to it. There’s a loose, free feel to the images because I use my non-dominant hand when painting them. My digital art originates from my computer drawings and my imagination. I’m a self-taught artist; constantly looking for new ways to express my creativity. I’ve discovered through my photography that creating art brings me joy and I’m truly blessed to be able to do what I love. I hope my artwork will bring a smile to your face and brighten your day.


Flowers (Taking Artistic License)


On View




The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is designed to connect art seekers and collectors with artists DIRECTLY.  The gallery is not a mall, but instead a collection of remarkable works of art that bring together artists and potential buyers.

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is owned and managed by Edge of Humanity Magazine.

Following Edge of Humanity Magazine‘s footsteps of publishing unparalleled content from artists and photographers worldwide, the NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY is on a mission to provide it’s viewers art that is unique and diverse.



Written By Joelcy Kay – Curator

Every piece of art, crafts, or textiles, hanging on my walls or ceiling tells a tiny passage of my life.  Most of it was acquired during my travels.  Many of these treasures are damaged whether because they were broken on arrival, as the pieces were tightly stuffed into my backpack, or weathered by the unforgiving Florida tropical humidity.  But in the end, they are my precious processions and they are part of the stories I tell.  It feels good to have rugs hanging from the ceiling, masks on the walls, and drinking my morning coffee thinking of the mugs’ tale.  The point here is that art has a lot to offer each one of us; ART IS VERY PERSONAL!

The NO MIDDLEMAN ART GALLERY offers that personal experience as the individual has the opportunity to buy the art from the creator and by doing so a new event to remember is born. When you hang the work of art on your wall there is a story behind it; an artist you now know and follow.  And instead of the usual “I purchased this at “WWW(BIG BIG ART STORE).COM”  the connection enriches the emotional value of your art piece.



The gallery is designed to connect the art seekers and collectors with artists directly. We offer artists a COMMISSION FREE / CONTRACT FREE online platform to sell their creations and engage with their clients using portfolio pages that are engaging with large images and a dramatic black background.

NO MIDDLEMAN is a boutique ART GALLERY; individuals browsing our archives and portfolio pages are relaxed, not pressured to sign up, agree with website terms, or maneuvering out of pop-up windows.

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