"I am currently working with Nicole and she is very professional and talented. I am writing a children's book with lots of pictures. Nicole is great at creating my vision along with adapting to changes if needed. You cannot go wrong working with her"


Client, Carolyn Bushmaker

"You must be a deeply contented woman. Your paintings and drawings always have a calming effect on me"


Cindy Rutstein, via Facebook

"You made this whole project thus far pleasurable and you were a bright spot in our quest to get this book out"


Clients, Pamela Curtis Franklin and Ronald A. Walker

"I think you have a gift of feeling people. The sketches I saw inspire me"


Client, Shieko Nagawo

Nicole was lucky enough to grow up with parents who always supported her love of creating, whether it was painting a mural on the walls of her bedroom or building in her father's workshop. She also spent many hours looking through children's books in her mother's children's book store where she disappeared into the many adventures she read.

After graduating from University of Illinois, working as an Architect, and then as an Art Director in a Seattle Gallery, she finally returned to her long love of books and her natural inclination toward illustrative styled work.

Today, Nicole works full time in her creekside studio Illustrating for clients and teaching art around the world. She loves to combine flowing lines and composition with vibrant yet soft color to bring life, emotion and character out. She strives for excellent service, an open mind,  and completing  projects on-time every time. 


In her personal time, she enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with the company of her husband,  3 sweet kids and the wide variety of pets they love, including 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 lizards, 3 frogs, 1 turtle, 2 goats, 5 chickens, Indoor fish, aquaponic fish, 1 snake, and two guinea pigs! Every one of them provide a lot of inspiration and models for Art!


Nicole is an Active member of SCBWI and the Woodinville Arts Alliance, is an award winning Artist, and works to bring more art and creative opportunities to enrich her own community as well as others.


"Creating art keeps your mind and hands busy, so your heart can flow"

~Nicole Monahan


~ Illustration 

~ Teaching Art in Monahan Studio and venues around the world.

~Speaking engagements & school visits

~Public Art commissions 

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Commissions for public art projects
"Bringing art to the community is so rewarding. You get to meet so many new people, hear what they want in their community and maybe show the community in a new light or highlight the special elements of the community"
Taught in Morraocco at Project Soar
"I was lucky enough to be able to work with a great group of girls at Project Soar, an organization that helps young girls In Morocco finish school, be independent and empowered."
Guest presenter NAEA
"I love to present to groups such as the NAEA, schools, Galleries or community events".
Teaching Global Art Retreats
"Hosting these Yoga and Art Adventures is amazingly fun, yummy, and so enriching. Seeing how people around the world live and their values is so important to grow as a person. I can not wait until our next adventure!"
Guest demo presenter
"I love to work live during events. It is a great way to connect with the public and acts a great icebreaker. I've met the most interesting people this way!"
Nature~Art~Heart connection
"In my studio, I love to bring animal models in and also have my students work outside as well. It is so important that we connect with nature more then ever now. I try to use this connection in my Illustrations as much as possible".
Teaching at Nurseries around the USA
"My other passion is anything plant or animal. I often teach my Botanical sketching class in various Nurseries around the United States. I love being able to have access to all kinds of plants right at our finger tips. It is so valuable to draw from live objects, not just pictures!"
Teaching in Retirement home
"It is amazing to be able to help people with various degrees of dementia and physical handicaps enjoy art. Art has a way of making people feel good about what they can do, and their limitations melt away in the moment."
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Guest presenter NAEA

"I love to present to groups such as the NAEA, schools, Galleries or community events".