Nicole was born in Texas but spent the majority of her life in Omaha, NE.
After several decades of working as a professional interior designer and merchandise displayer, Nicole decided it was time to pursue her passion of creating art. She’s been working primarily in the media of kiln formed art glass and metal smithing for over 14 years.
After raising their two sons, she and her husband moved to Missouri and now split their time between their home in Billings, Mo and their lake cabin on Table Rock Lake.
She is a member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, the Nebraska chapter of the NWCA, Creative Arts of Shell Knob, and a contributing mentor at Warm Glass.com, an international online community of glass fusers. She is also a founding member of the online art gallery, TheArtGang.com.
She has participated in several national collaborative exhibits, one of which, the Glass Quilt, which is on permanent display in St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington.
Writing an “artist’s statement” is difficult...it’s like trying to describe a color. Is it art, craft, trash, or treasure? I don’t know, nor do I care. I know only that I am happiest when I am able to utilize my creativity to fabricate the images in my imagination. Thinking about what, why, or how I do it merely serves to take away from the time I get to spend doing it. From childhood, I have dabbled in many different mediums to express my art. In recent years I have chosen to work primarily with kiln formed glass because it offers endless possibilities of fascination and challenge. Glass is a multi-faceted material. It’s strong enough to shelter us, yet so fragile. While it can appear to be a cold, hard material, its glistening reflectivity is warm and mesmerizing and takes on a life of its own. It can be manipulated by cutting, grinding, pulverizing, or melting it, yet it has such a mind of it’s own that one wrong cut, one deviant degree of temperature, leaves one wondering who’s manipulated whom. The result of overcoming the challenges it presents is a satisfying feeling of achievement.