Nicolet laursen

Hello, my name is Nicolet, everyone calls me "Nico."  I am an artist living in Boise, Idaho.

My mediums of choice include chalk pastel drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, paper-mache, and hand-carved sculptures. I love to write character-driven stories and illustrate them with pastels and paint. In 2012, I finished my first children’s book, Ana the No-toed Sloth, and I plan on creating many more in the future.

I’m inspired by the world around me. As a long-distance runner, I’ve found that allowing my brain to wander during long runs helps me discover creative concepts that I use in my work. I also enjoy volunteering in my community and abroad. Ana the No-toed Slothwas inspired by a volunteer trip to Costa Rica, where I worked at a college and in a nursing home. It’s the moments, stories, and experiences from my life and those around me that inspire my stories and illustrations.

I like to think that my imaginary creatures have a real life in some other world. I build stories around each character and imagine my paintings and drawings as more than just a portrait. I want the viewer or reader to feel a connection with my characters, as though they have been long-time friends. Viewers and readers feel compelled to invite these creatures into their homes, hang them on their wall, and invite them into their lives.

I currently spend my days as a Digital Program Manager at Simplot and my evenings working on new creations.


    You may have seen me at:

    • 32 CELLS: Women's Edition — Old Idaho Penitentiary, August 8th, 2020
    • Itsy Bitsy Quaranteeny Artshow— May 22nd, 2020
    • Curious Nonsense — BluEye Gallery, February 20th, 2020
    • The Naughty Show II — Visual Arts Collective, December 6th, 2019
    • 32 CELLS: RECTIMEOld Idaho Penitentiary, August 8th, 2019
    • Art Deck-O-7 —Visual Arts Collective, May 3rd, 2019.
    • Shrinky Dinks Auction—Surels Place, October 6, 2018. More Info »
    • Nocturne Auction—World Center for Birds of Prey, September 6, 2018. 
    • 32 Cells: Origins—The Old Idaho Penitentiary, August 17, 2018.
    • Art Crawl 2018—Downtown Boise, June 23, 2018.
    • Dino II — Swell Artist Collective, June 15, 2018.
    • Art Deck-O-6 —Visual Arts Collective, April. 19th, 2018
    • Thrifty —Swell Artist Collective, April. 13th, 2018
    • Coasters for Miss Cay —Swell Artist Collective, Jan. 19th, 2018
    • Seussed Invitational Art Show —Visual Arts Collective, Dec. 1st, 2017
    • Veterans Day Pinup Art Show —Swell Artist Collective, Nov 10th, 2017
    • Friday the 13th & Halloween Art Shows —Evermore Prints, Oct. 13th, 2017
    • Art Crawl —Solid Bar & Grill, Oct. 7th, 2017
    • 32 Cells: Escape Edition —The Old Idaho Penitentiary, Aug. 18th, 2017
    • Cat Art Show/Humane Society Fundraiser — The Olympic Venue, Apr. 13th, 2017
    • Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit — Swell Artist Collective, Mar. 2nd, 2017
    • Boise Art Crawl — Evermore Prints, Oct. 8th, 2016
    • Giraffe Conservation — Modern Art, Boise, ID - May 2015
    • World Safari — Modern Art, Boise, ID - May 2014
    • Raw artists present Discovery — Boise, ID - September 2011
    • Hyde Park Street Fair — Boise, ID - June 2011
    • Ana the No-toed Sloth — Flying M Coffee House, Boise, ID - March 2011
    • Extinct — Thomas Hammer Coffee House, Boise, ID - December 2010
    • The Modern Art — The Modern Hotel & Bar, Boise, ID - May 2010
    • Hyde Park Street Fair — Boise, ID - September 2011
    • Thomas Hammer — Boise, ID - June 2011
    • Art in the Bar — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID - March 2011
    • Art in the Bar — Knitting Factory, Boise, ID - December 2010
    • Thomas Hammer, Boise, ID - November 2010
    • House of Art—Gem Noble Lofts, Boise, ID - November 2010
    • Thomas Hammer, Boise, ID - July 2010
    • Happy Fish, Boise, ID - June 2010