Nichole Montanez is a versatile artist living and working in Florence, CO. She received a BA in Fine Art from CSU, Pueblo then immediately went to work in journalism. Since then she has straddled the worlds of fact and fiction. Her most ambitious body of work is a documentary photo series on critically ill children and their fight to use cannabis as treatment for catosphroic epilepsy and other life-threatening illnesses. The project spanned nearly 10 years. When it ended in 2020 she began painting again. Though the medium has changed, her work still speaks to the delicate, fleeting nature of the life cycle. She is currently exploring flowers as subject in attempt to give visual representation to imagined spaces between this realm, the next and the very real, yet imperceptible, phases along the way.