B orn in New Brunswick Canada, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Nichol has been painting and illustrating since childhood. She has lived and traveled all over the world building her career as an international artist. Nichol is a painter whose mediums of choice are acrylic and wood. Her defining use of bold color and contagious whimsy makes her work easily recognizable and a joy to experience.
Her most personally rewarding recognition came through one of the most difficult moments in her life. While her husband was deployed in the Gulf War, Nichol painted a lapel pin with his name on it. She wore it next to her heart every day. Within months of its creation, Nichol had received thousands of requests from several continents for the same handmade pins with the names of other soldiers serving. Nichol graciously filled every single order by herself with signature humility. Her pins can still be found on the lapels of service members and their families all over the world. Since that time Nichol has focused her creativity on larger public and private commissions.
Nichol has participated in several national art programs. Her paintings can be found in the Artist in Cellophane project installed in such prestigious museums like the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. She is also an artist with Art House Co-op in Brooklyn, New York and an active member of the Heights Arts community in Cleveland, Ohio. She has also written and illustrated two children’s books, “There are Monsters Under My Bed” and “Pencil Dust.” Nichol has a solo exhibition titled, “The Soul of the Ordinary,” scheduled for national tour in the spring of 2012. Nichol currently resides in Ohio with her husband, Jim. She has two children and two grandchildren living in the south. When asked, Nichol jokes she became an artist because “I was so bad at math.”