My name is Nicole. I am a very passionate person who needs to keep my fingers busy - constantly. I am told that I simply cannot relax (although I would argue that creativity is my relaxation). I have countless passions including my husband and daughter, community, art, gardening, fresh organic food, travel, sustainable living, and outdoor recreation. I continuously strive for balance while keeping my passions at my fingertips. It is through these things that I find my well-being and sense of self.
I currently work as the Executive Director of a non-profit art center and gallery, and try to find time to continue creating art of my own. I earned my BA in Sociology and Studio Art, followed by a MA in Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy. Between degrees, I served for 3 years in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa where I worked with women and children on the issues of health, sanitation, nutrition, and family planning. During that time, I spent many hours painting with the local youth, designing and implementing community mural projects, and maintaining energy through my own creativity.
My artwork includes mosaics, painted furniture, river rock jewelry, and I incorporate all sorts of funky art with natural and recycled elements. I believe that art should be integrated into people’s every day lives, and encourage others to think about how they can transform their living and work spaces to include art.
I reside in the picturesque Methow Valley of Washington state with my husband, daughter, black lab, horse, rabbits, chickens and bees.