Nikki McClure lives in Olympia, Washington. A self-taught artist, Nikki combines her studies in science and natural history with her experience as a parent to an adventurous child. Her artwork is cut from a single piece of black paper with an x-acto knife. Nikki has written and illustrated over twelve children’s books. She has published a calendar every year since 1998. Her original artwork has exhibited internationally. Nikki collaborates on furniture design with her husband, and goes on long beach walks with her son.