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, staying mindful of how she grows her collection and making sure she does so humanely. She gathers insects both dead and alive, keeping those that are alive as pets until they live out their lives. Inspired by their variety of colors and shapes, she honors and captures their essence, giving them new life in her rich, colorful oil paintings.