Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, may not be a fan of cryptocurrency, but his granddaughter Nicole Buffett is.

She’s well-known in the crypto community as a working artist who creates and sells non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of her work. Nicole was even named to Fortune’s NFTy 50 list, which recognizes the industry’s most powerful people.

NFTs and the blockchain technology that underpins them are “very fantastic” to her.

“It’s a way for me to make my work and share it in a different setting,” she told Fortune. “I’m not a technician,” she says. I’m not a professional in the field of finance. But I like how, with NFTs, “essentially art is becoming its own currency,” Nicole noted. “What’s fascinating is that it’s not only a work of art; it’s also a money and a piece of technology.”

NFTs are digital assets that are represented as tokens on the blockchain, ranging from art to music to various collectibles and more. Each may be purchased, sold, or kept, and the ownership and validity of each can be tracked.

NFTs, according to Nicole, who is in her mid-40s, bring together “artists, technologists, and financial experts.”

Warren, her grandfather, enters the picture. “He’s glad I’m doing so well,” Nicole added, referring to an email he wrote her recently expressing his happiness. “I believe that my grandfather would be able to applaud NFTs and crypto since it benefits artists.” We come from an artistic family.”

Warren and his granddaughter had a reported falling out decades ago, while she was in her 20s, despite Warren’s well-documented antipathy, if not outright detest, for crypto. Both of them, she told Fortune, are misinterpreted.

“He has difficulties with crypto,” Nicole admits, “but I don’t think he has any issues with artists becoming donors.” He’s an art collector, and my entire family is an art collector.”

She also mentions reconciliation and underlines that her previous problems with her grandfather should be left in the past. “He’s pleased that I’m able to sustain myself and trade what I’ve created in this world on the marketplace,” she explained. “I believe he is aware of this. I believe he, more than anybody else, values honesty, integrity, and hard work. Those characteristics are intrinsic to who an artist is and what an artist contributes to our environment.”

‘I’ve never been into stocks or Wall Street.’

While the “Wall Street versus. crypto” storyline receives a lot of attention, Nicole believes it isn’t a true portrayal of the digital asset industry. “Crypto and the new economy that’s being developed is really significant and necessary to the dollar and our actual economy,” she says, describing the two as complimentary.

“I’ve never been interested Wall Street and stocks, maybe because there wasn’t really any art component,” she added, unlike her grandpa. With NFTs, she’s developed an interest in equities and a better grasp of what an asset is, “since I can relate to it now,” she added.

Nicole explains, “I’m following in my grandfather’s footsteps in that I’m all about value creation,” although in the art currency of NFTs.

“I’m incredibly independent,” she added, adding that she feels lucky and honored to have grown up with the “Buffett” moniker. I don’t mind standing on my own two feet.”

‘We have a chance to do things a little differently.’

In early 2021, Nicole began selling NFTs of her abstract paintings. At current pricing, her origin collection, Spirit Coins, has almost $83,000 in volume on NFT marketplace OpenSea. Each has a floor price of $3,342, which is the lowest price possible.

She’s since released other compilations with the same serene feel.

Nicole has also teamed with groups like the Open Earth Foundation, Hope for Haiti, and Blankets of Hope, contributing a percentage—or occasionally all—of her profits, according to her. She understands that NFTs have been chastised for their environmental effect, among other things, but she thinks that by giving back through NFT sales, she may make up for it. She refused to tell Fortune about her NFT profits.

Despite the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market, Nicole is optimistic about the future. Even while NFTs might provide artists with a new source of revenue and opportunities, the space has been far from flawless, especially in 2022. Despite the crypto crisis, which has affected most aspects of decentralized finance, NFTs have high entry hurdles, expensive gas prices to mint, and other challenges. Nicole, on the other hand, sees value in it.

“I think there’s a lot of ability for people to raise money and capital for environmental issues if people have an open mind and recognize that NFTs have so much more capacity for good than any of the bad downsides—which is yeah, it’s drawing on our natural resources,” she added. “There is a huge duty in this arena to bring environmental issues to light. This is the first time, and since it is the first time, we have the chance to do things differently.”

Her grandpa is supposed to be the “Sage” of Omaha, where she will have an exhibit soon. She expressed her hope that Warren would come over and look at her NFTs.

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