Hi! I'm so glad you're here! I'm Nicole, the lead artist at Nicole Schmitz Studio. I grew up on the sunny shores of North Myrtle Beach, SC, which inspired many of my artistic endeavors as a child and well into my art career. I've always loved art and how it captures some of life's most precious moments in ways that a photograph cannot.
I moved on to Columbia, SC to pursue an education at the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!). While there, I studied business as my major, but art was never out of reach for me. Fine art was my minor, and in between my business courses I was studying the masters of French impressionism and practicing new techniques in painting. I graduated in 2016, and now reside in Lexington, SC with my husband and 9 (yes, 9) rescue cats. We love to spend our free time on our boat on Lake Murray, or exploring downtown Columbia and trying new restaurants and cocktail bars. The beach is never far from me though, and I find myself there all the time!
I can't believe the incredible path that art has taken me on- I get to spend my weekends at some of the most beautiful venues in the United States painting for the sweetest couples. I'm so honored, and I thank you all for allowing me to pursue my passions.