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ABOUT NICOLE CHRISTIAN

Growing up in New York before moving to New Jersey, Nicole is a life long self taught artist who enjoys reading, fishing, nature journaling  and working on botanical and natural science illustration projects. She is also volunteer EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)  and enjoys finding different  ways to  introduce art into the community

Nicole is a member of the:

and Leads the "Northern NJ - Nature Journaling Club" she is also a  listed Nature Journaling Instructor on the John Muir Laws website

Follow her personal artist pages on social media here and read more about her story and how the art studio started below!
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ABOUT THE STUDIO - OUR STORY
Growing up in nature with art

Welcome! My name is Nicole, and as a 41 year old self taught artist and illustrator - I continue to learn something new every day.  Exploring creativity has played a huge part in my life  since I was young, and spending most of my time outdoors continues to fuel my interest in natural science and botanical art. There is never a shortage of subjects when you are working from life! Growing up I'd often collect leaves, rocks, shells, interesting artifacts and insects so that I could study and document them. I'd spend countless hours in museums, libraries and nature centers, as well as studying architecture reference books, admiring blueprints and drawing photos of the houses my father was working on.

The arts have always played a big part in my life, including the path it took me on before the pandemic.

 

My work as a reconstructive tattoo artist:

Before the COVID-19 pandemic I worked a number of jobs between New York and New Jersey as I settled into relocating after getting married. One of those  was as a part time reconstructive tattoo artist in NY.  I had been tattooing in a shop for a number of years when I was offered an amazing opportunity through a group of plastic surgeons - to focus my tattooing on reconstructive work and scar coverage.  To say I was excited (and overwhelmed) was an understatement as I'd just been given a chance  to help others in a different and very meaningful way.

Over the next 10 years I continued to teach myself techniques for working ink into scar tissue and mixing wide ranges of skin tones,  as the reconstructive tattooing I did was for breast and skin cancer scar camouflage. This was done to help reduce the appearance of scarring from past reconstructive surgeries. During my time in the profession, I met many amazing people and was moved by their stories of strength.  It was an honor to have been part of these healing processes .

Reconnecting with what was lost
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I continued working multiple jobs as I began the relocation process from NY to NJ, as well as illustrating and giving private art lessons - and then the pandemic hit. In a matter of days, like so many others - I lost all employment.  Confused and worried I turned to art as a way to deal with my stressors. Only this time it felt different as It seemed to be all I had left to keep me sane as the pandemic continued.  As time went on, and I spent more and more time reading and filling sketchbooks - I also began to reconnect with nature and my love for constant creativity. This was something I previously had found joy in, but which had become lost in the busy days of pre-pandemic life. I then started the Sussex County, NJ - Nature Journaling Club to help connect others to art & nature in those stressful times.

In 2021 I found myself I looking for a place to rent where I could take on larger commission work and continue to teach private art lessons, as things were slowly moving away from ZOOM and back to in person. I decided to rent a tiny office space in Vernon, NJ and the little art studio was born!

The Art Studio Begins to Grow!

Over the next 6 months my tiny art studio began to out grow its 400 sq ft one room, humble beginnings and I made the exciting (and terrifying!) decision move again, to an even larger space in Hamburg, N.J.

That year of teaching private lessons in the new location went by faster than I could have imagined and by the end of November 2022 I was packing to move again! This time into an even larger, over 1,700 sq ft location on the 2nd floor of the same building, now with multiple designated teaching areas!

 

Owning my own art studio where I am able to continue to teach what I love, and share what I know with others in a more frequent and steady setting;  has always been a dream of mine.  A dream that has now become a reality thanks to the support of the community, my students, friends & family, and is something I will be forever grateful for.

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What does the future hold?

I don't want to ruin any surprises, but I do have some  exciting plans in store for 2023! I now would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their continued support. It has been a whirlwind of changes and growth over the last few years and I am grateful for everyone who has been along on this journey with me.

Some of our services
Business/Commercial:
  • Architectural illustrations/2D renderings

  • Commercial & residential landscape illustration

  • "House Portraits" - Real estate client gifts

  • Menu design and activity placemats

  • Custom website clip art

  • Merchandise design (Shirts, hats, stickers, etc.)

  • Corporate team building art workshops

  • Promotional material, brochures & more

    *Shop my retail designs wholesale for your store!

  • Custom illustrated wedding stationery

    • Invitations, table numbers, thank you cards etc.

  • Plant-able stationery

    • (seeded paper that will sprout wildflowers when planted)

  • Live wedding/event painting

  • "After wedding" studio paintings

  • Wedding Bouquet painting

  • Handmade earrings (wedding party sets)

    • Polymer clay, beaded or hand-painted wood

WHERE TO FIND US

We are located at 225 Route 23

SUITE 2H - 2nd Floor

Hamburg, NJ 07419

Corner of Quarry Road and Route 23

*Please contact us to schedule an appointment to visit as we have classes in session daily*

CONTACT US

Looking for more information or a price quote? Missed out on tickets to a class and want to setup a private booking for you and your friends instead? Want to setup a workshop at your school or with your organization? Something else?Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible :)

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