Trained in classic still life art, Nicole's subjects stem from a personal passion - bugs. Due to her father's allergies, she and her brother were unable to have cats or dogs growing up, so they turned to collecting insects. She found them interesting and was especially drawn to their movement and physical beauty. Nicole now collects insects with her art in mind, and always mindful of how she grows her collection. If the insects are alive she keeps and cares for them as they live out their life cycle.