About Me


Welcome!  I am so glad you have joined me here at

nicplynel:  art, faith, life.

I am a Christian artist sharing my art as a ministry.

I have been creating art of one kind or another my whole life, and have always been drawn to quotes and calligraphy.  My current art style and this blog grew out of my morning journal.  For years, I kept a gratitude journal, writing down a few things each day to be thankful for and my thoughts.  Then in 2012, my battle with depression got worse.  I discovered art journaling and I decided to make sure I would spend 15 minutes a day painting and drawing in response to reading the Bible and a devotion.  As I painted more, and as God whispered healing words to me, the artwork poured out along with my faith.  I decided to share some of the pieces on Facebook, and before I knew it, people were requesting more.   And the blog and Etsy store were born.

I love that my artwork touches other people, and am so thankful you are here.

In addition to making art and writing I am a wife (to Jeffrey–been together 24 years planning at least 24 more) and mommy to 3 kids:  Phoebe, Annika and Tanner.  Here they are:

Some fun facts:

1.  I grew up in small town Iowa.

2.  I am a teacher–whether in the public schools, private lessons, as a homeschooler (4 years with my kiddos), or wherever.  I love to teach and share how awesome art is.  Currently I teach K-6 elementary art which is super fun!

3.  My husband’s job moved us a lot, so each kid was born in a different state (Michigan, Utah, and Ohio).  We lived outside Chicago for 8 years.  Now we live in Belmond, Iowa.

4.  I cope with depression. Mine stems from PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder–which affects only 8% of women and is a dramatic drop in serotonin with other hormonal changes).  I have had some really really bad stints, and I am really, really good at hiding it, so most people are surprised by how bad I let it get. Along with meds, faith, and my painting I am moving forward mentally healthy.

5.   I love to read.  See the tags for books.  🙂  There are a few.

6.   I NEED color and sunshine.  Seriously need it.  My house is somewhat of a rainbow and I dress in all sorts of colors.  Bright, never pastel.

7.  I am honest and have a tendency to share a lot, my heart tends to be on my sleeve or leaking out of my eyes.  I want to see and share the beauty that is around us each and every day in the world, even if it is hard.  You will see how all of those things play into my artwork and my daily life.

8.  I love to sing and dance.  And I do it with abandon, because really, that is the most fun way.

9.  I grew up Lutheran, but I just like all things faith based.

10.  I prefer watercolor, collage, and drawing.  I really like chalk pastels, but white carpet is holding me back.  Oils give me migraines, and acrylics are too opaque for me.  I am horrible at clay.  🙂


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12 Responses to About Me

  1. suecarroll1 January 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    Nicole…I loved reading about you:) It’s such a wonderful thing to use the gifts God has blessed you with to bless Him in return…which you do as you share His love and Glory! I adore your whimsical style and appreciate the natural talent you are. You have a great eye for color and space and I’m so glad you “invited me” to visit your site! Much love, In Him, Sue

  2. Nicole Plymesser Nelson January 31, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Ohh, your comment here and on your blog made me smile this morning! Thank you for noticing the color and space. 🙂 I get comments on the content, or that people like it, but not always on the composition so that especially made my day. Christ’s peace and joy to you, Nicole

  3. suecarroll1 February 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I wrote a comment back to you on my blog and failed to thank you for your prayers! What a sweet blessing to know that God drew your heart to pray for Mina and her family. Bless you!!

  4. Gail August 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Hello, I am finally on your blog. For everyone on here, this woman is the sweetest, kindest most caring person. Her art is so inspiring. I hope to follow you for a long time. Kiss those kids for me.. Have a great day.

  5. Nicole Plymesser Nelson August 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Thank you Gail! You are pretty awesome yourself. Glad you joined us here.

  6. cdenninger May 21, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    love your work– and I work in the Lutheran realm ( Pastor’s wife and now a Bishop’s wife) to bring creative arts and faith together– been doing that for almost 30 years- not an artist- but a creator- and working to help especially women know and believe- that our Creator God can only create creative people- it is in our DNA – working on a an event on Nov 7 to bring Shanna Noel and Lisa Hickman together to my home church in Springfield, VA— continue your Heart work!

  7. Nicole Plymesser Nelson May 21, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Thank you! That would be a great event! I am hoping to start teaching in the Chicagoland area soon. Did you see the link to Bible Stories from the heart? Leslie Eaton is heading up our team for that illustrated Bible study. We are hoping if it takes off to do some events in Atlanta (where she is). It is a wonderful time for creatives in the faith!

  8. Nicole Plymesser Nelson June 29, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    Thank you so much! Yay for Lutherans! 🙂 I hope that the event works out. I love that God is using women in this movement to use our creativity for His good!

  9. Gail June 29, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Women are needed now more than ever. Stand strong.

  10. Jennifer Hopper February 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    I really love all of your art work and it is so inspiring to me! I am creative but I often times hesitate to create for fear of making something that I will not like or won’t look good. I don’t give myself enough credit. Your work has inspired me to get back to my creative works! I also have PMDD and I totally understand what that is like and how debilitating that can be. I hope to hear back from you. You are awesome!

  11. Nicole Plymesser Nelson March 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for commenting Jennifer! PMDD is a struggle–my prayers are with you. Using creativity really helps though–I know I credit my faith art journaling with my recovery and good mental health now. Christ’s peace be with you!

  12. Irene November 15, 2017 at 12:10 am #

    I googled an art piece (lightbulb) that led me to this site,so glad I found it. Your art is so refreshing and hopeful!!! I like to paint… not really because I am specialized in it. I like the freedom in it. You should start a workshop with your community- for those struggling emotionally or mentally. You are skilled AND gifted. I hope you have a great week.

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