Hi there! I’m Nicole Hanusek, artist, dog lover and San Franciscan. I love to draw and paint, focusing on a few very specific things:

Creating beautiful abstract octopus watercolor paintings - I might be a little obsessed. This started during the pandemic when I was completely depleted from Zoom meetings, these paintings made me feel so much better!

Black and white realistic drawings of animals, objects, food, plants. Sometimes they’re colored or on top of a fun wash of watercolors. Some are commissioned for a famous SF restaurant Lazy Bear.

And, of course, pet portraits. I absolutely love drawing or painting animals, especially dogs or cats. The fur is such a fun challenge. Here are some pet commissions, some animal illustrations and animal paintings.


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"I highly recommend Nicole for any art commission. Her talent spans across various styles, but especially shines when it comes to pet portraits. Working with Nicole was a breeze as she asked plenty of clarifying questions to ensure she understood exactly what I was envisioning. She took my idea and brought it to life even better than I could have imagined. Throughout the process, she checked in to make sure she was on the right track, which allowed me to provide feedback and make adjustments."

Michael Fink
Purchased item: Artemis

"This piece is even more lovely in person, and very personal to me without any previous contact between myself and the artist. I can highly recommend supporting this artist."

Melissa Fuka
Purchased item: Bee in Space Art Print - No.112 Space Bee

"I absolutely LOVE this drawing . When I opened my package and seen it in real life I squealed with joy! Beautiful work !!! I was blessed with a small drawing of an octopus as well which looks great in my ocean theme room. From one Nicole to another THANK YOU very much you talented girl"

Loops Press
Purchased item: No.161 Magic Carpet Ride

"I ordered one for my best friend as it's our favorite animals together and when it arrived I just had to have one for myself as well! Even cuter in person (though it's hard to imagine). I can't wait to gift her out matching best friend pictures. Thank you so much!"

Tara Tomasino
Purchased item:  No.94 Love