Artist

A personal highlight of Nicole's spaceflight experience was the opportunity to paint during her free time. She was the first to paint with watercolors in space.

 

Nicole considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to live and work in space and to have experienced the beauty of our planet from that incredible vantage point.

She believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone's appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.

 

Through her artwork, she uniquely shares the awesome beauty she was blessed to experience through the windows of her spacecraft, and she will continue to promote the amazing things we’re doing every day in space that benefit us all right here on Earth.  Combining her artwork and spaceflight experience, she is also actively working to generate widespread interest in the inspiration that comes so wonderfully through the integration of Art and Science.

 

Her artwork is based on her personal interpretation and expression of the View of Earth and the Spacecraft she experienced during her spaceflight missions.  She is currently working with oil and acrylic paints and other mixed media.   

Painting "The Wave" on ISS during Expedition 21

First astronaut to paint a watercolor in space  (ISS Expedition 21 / Oct 2009) 

Nicole brought a small watercolor kit with her to the ISS; & also the paintbrush of friend & wonderful artist Ron Woods.  She painted "The Wave" based on a picture of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela that she took through the window of the ISS Russian Service Module.  "The Wave" continues to inspire Nicole's artwork. 

Gallery

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Earth Observation Collection
'The Wave' ~ The First Watercolor Painting in Space
'The Wave' ~ The First Watercolor Painting in Space

The Wave is inspired by a photo Nicole took from the ISS of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela. Seeing this place on Earth looked to her like someone had reached down with a big paintbrush and painted a wave on the ocean. Nicole painted her interpretation of this place on Earth while she was still in space, which inspired her to share her spaceflight experience through art. Earth Observation Collection Original watercolor on paper (10/2009) On display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

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'The Wave'
'The Wave'

Like her painting in space, this piece is inspired by a photo of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela taken by Nicole from ISS This version of 'The Wave' was the 1st major piece Nicole completed after returning from space; & the picture of Isla Los Roques continues to inspire much of Nicole's artwork Earth Observation Collection Mixed media embellishment with oil paint, sea glass, glass beads & sand on satin digital c-print image on aluminum (20"x24", framed) (June 2015)

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'Earth Day'
'Earth Day'

Inspired by a heart-shaped postcard of Earth given to Nicole by close friends before her 2nd spaceflight. She photographed the card in front of the ISS Cupola window. It reminds her of the appreciation we Earthlings should all have for our home planet Earth. Earth Observation Collection Mixed media embellishment with glass beads on high gloss photo paper (2"x3", framed) (June 2015) (sold) [Nicole may create additional originals as part of a limited series of 20]

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'The Wave' ~ The First Watercolor Painting in Space
'The Wave' ~ The First Watercolor Painting in Space

The Wave is inspired by a photo Nicole took from the ISS of Isla Los Roques, Venezuela. Seeing this place on Earth looked to her like someone had reached down with a big paintbrush and painted a wave on the ocean. Nicole painted her interpretation of this place on Earth while she was still in space, which inspired her to share her spaceflight experience through art. Earth Observation Collection Original watercolor on paper (10/2009) On display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

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Spacecraft Collection
'Night Launch 128'
'Night Launch 128'

Painted in honor of the 6th anniversary of the Discovery STS128 launch, 8/28/2009. Inspired by her own feelings during launch and a picture taken by a Kennedy Space Center photographer. This was Nicole's 1st space flight. Spacecraft Collection Original oil painting on canvas panel (11"x14", framed) (Aug 2015) (sold)

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'ISS 133 Flyaround'
'ISS 133 Flyaround'

Inspired by a photo taken by Nicole of ISS from the flight deck of the Space Shuttle Discovery during undock and fly around. STS133 was the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Spacecraft Collection Original oil painting on canvas panel (11"x14", framed) (Oct 2015) (sold)

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'Flight Home'
'Flight Home'

Silhouette of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS129, against the backdrop of an orbital sunset. Inspired by a photo taken by Nicole's ISS crewmate Jeff Williams during the shuttle's departure on Nicole's flight home after 3 months living & working on the ISS. Spacecraft Collection Original oil painting on canvas (16x20, framed) (January 2017) (sold)

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'Night Launch 128'
'Night Launch 128'

Painted in honor of the 6th anniversary of the Discovery STS128 launch, 8/28/2009. Inspired by her own feelings during launch and a picture taken by a Kennedy Space Center photographer. This was Nicole's 1st space flight. Spacecraft Collection Original oil painting on canvas panel (11"x14", framed) (Aug 2015) (sold)

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Inner Space Collection
'Aquarius' Garden'
'Aquarius' Garden'

Inspired by a photo Nicole took during an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat. These undersea missions are a wonderful analog to spaceflight. At 60' below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Key Largo, FL, the Aquarius habitat is located in a marine preserve. The underside of Aquarius is like a beautiful garden of coral & sealife. Inner Space Collection Original oil painting on high gloss photo paper with grayscale image base (4”x6” framed) (Oct 2016)

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'Stella & Lucy'
'Stella & Lucy'

Inspired by a photo Nicole took during the NEEMO9 mission on the undersea habitat, Aquarius. As viewed through one of the main portholes, these two beautiful Goliath grouper visited the habitat several times each day. We named them Stella & Lucy, after Nicole's two German Shepherd dogs. Inner Space Collection Original oil painting on high gloss photo paper with grayscale image base (4”x6” framed) (Oct 2016)

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'Aquarius' Garden'
'Aquarius' Garden'

Inspired by a photo Nicole took during an 18-day mission on the Aquarius undersea habitat. These undersea missions are a wonderful analog to spaceflight. At 60' below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Key Largo, FL, the Aquarius habitat is located in a marine preserve. The underside of Aquarius is like a beautiful garden of coral & sealife. Inner Space Collection Original oil painting on high gloss photo paper with grayscale image base (4”x6” framed) (Oct 2016)

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eARTh ~ jewelry from space
'Orbital Sunrise' pendant
'Orbital Sunrise' pendant

This original piece of jewelry is inspired by a photo that Nicole took during her stay on the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is traveling around the Earth at 17500 mph or 5 miles per second, which means the crew is blessed every day with 16 of these awesome orbital sunrises. Each pendant is an original painting set into the silver piece.

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'Bahamas' pendant
'Bahamas' pendant

This original piece of jewelry is inspired by a photo that Nicole took during her stay on the International Space Station (ISS). The view of Earth from space is stunning.
 To Nicole, the most beautiful place on our planet is the wonderful, glowing, and iridescent mix of blue, turquoise and white of the Caribbean, and she feels blessed to have experienced it from the awe-inspiring vantage point of space. Each pendant is an original painting set into the silver piece.

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'Galaxy' pendants
'Galaxy' pendants

These original jewelry pieces are inspired by the beauty of our night sky. Each pendant is an original painting set into the silver piece.

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'Flight Home' pendant
'Flight Home' pendant

This original piece of jewelry is inspired by a photo taken of Nicole's flight home on the Space Shuttle after 3 months living & working on the ISS. This silhouetted pic of the Space Shuttle is the one that reminds Nicole what it was like to be in space ~ the colors of sunset, knowing that while all looks still that she was traveling at 17500 mph, & that she was onboard that beautiful spacecraft together with her 5 crew members after an amazing adventure in space.

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eARTh ~ gifts from space
A short story of an Artist, Astronaut, & Inspiration

Shortly after retiring from NASA, I had the very special opportunity to meet one of my heroes of Spaceflight & Art ~ Alan Bean ~ Artist, Astronaut, Moonwalker

A huge thanks to my friend & fellow astronaut Anna Fisher for making the introductions.  Alan welcomed our visit to his studio.  I can't say enough about his enthusiasm for his art and his humble nature.  I am so appreciative of his willingness to answer all of my questions and share his experience as an artist (and as an astronaut who transitioned to artist) with me. Needless to say I am in awe of and inspired by him and his work, and I'm thankful for his friendship. He is missed.

He was one of the most talented painters, and through his artwork he presents his spaceflight experience to you like a beautiful gift he wants to share.  If you haven't already, be impressed and check out his artwork and more information at:  

Nicole is a proud member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA)
Nicole's first solo art exhibit
"Around the World in 90 Minutes: An Astronaut's Perspective" at the Sayle Gallery, Isle of Man, UK
"The Wave"
"The Wave"

Archival print of the watercolor painted by Nicole in space. Earth Observation Collection Very limited edition of only 100.

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"Bahamas"
"Bahamas"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Earth Observation Collection

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"Earth's Valentine"
"Earth's Valentine"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Earth Observation Collection

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"Red Sea Dancer"
"Red Sea Dancer"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Earth Observation Collection

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"Ironman in the Desert"
"Ironman in the Desert"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Earth Observation Collection

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"Night Launch 128"
"Night Launch 128"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Spacecraft Collection

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"ISS 133"
"ISS 133"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Spacecraft Collection

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"Spacewalking ~ Like a Dream"
"Spacewalking ~ Like a Dream"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Spacecraft Collection

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"Flight Home"
"Flight Home"

Archival art print. Signed, 5"x7" Spacecraft Collection

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Wave ~ Wooden Puzzle
Wave ~ Wooden Puzzle

Earth Observation ~ eARTh ~ puzzles from space

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Wave puzzle 8x10
Wave puzzle 8x10

Earth Observation ~ eARTh ~ puzzles from space

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Night Launch puzzle 8x10
Night Launch puzzle 8x10

Spacecraft Collection ~ puzzles from space

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ISS Puzzle 8x10
ISS Puzzle 8x10

Spacecraft Collection ~ puzzles from space

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ISS 133 Night Light
ISS 133 Night Light

Spacecraft Collection ~ night lights from space

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Bahamas magnets
Bahamas magnets

Earth Observation Collection ~ eARTh from space

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