Nicole Thibodeau grew up immersed in the natural beauty of Taos, New Mexico. As the daughter of painter (Rich Thibodeau) and actress (Karen Thibodeau), creativity was intertwined with daily life. She painted her way through a BA in Studio Art (Bethany College) and a MFA (Fort Hays State University). She also pursued her love of writing with an MA in English (FHSU). Further studies took her to the Art Student’s League (New York), Studio Art Centers International (Italy), and Lacoste School of the Arts (France). Currently, she lives in Hays, Kansas where she paints in her studio and also designs activities for teens at Hays Public Library. Her work is featured at ArtSpace Gallery (Marquette, Kansas), and The Hays Arts Center. Short essays and poetry can be found on her blog, The Creative Lexicon. She is grateful for the comradery of all those who share in the creative journey.