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Oooh, pretty!

Oooh, pretty!

Monique, also known as Nique, was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1987. She thoroughly enjoyed exploring the mountains and rivers—especially on camping trips with her dad.  He passed his adventurous spirit on to her.  From a young age she loved watching the wildlife around her and developed an enduring love of nature.  Capturing plants and animals in different artistic styles as well as creating designs with different stones and gems in jewelry wraps are ways for her to appreciate what nature has created.

She also enjoys doing pet portraits, custom paintings, drawings, and murals. The whimsical style of some of her work is great for children as well as adults who might be young at heart.  She enjoys doing different styles of artwork with different media as well as taking pretty pictures.

As a small child, Monique loved taking care of animals and dolls.  It was really exciting for her when her little brother was born when she was almost ten!  Her mom let her help her take care of him as an infant and then as a child.  This turned into babysitting for friends and neighbors too, then professionally through an agency and eventually on her own.  Monique has been doing newborn care professionally since 2011 and is passionate about working with this age group.  At the moment Monique working as a Newborn/Infant Nanny.

Another interest of hers is medicine. Monique received a BS in Integrative Medicine with Magna Cum Laude honors through Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2011.  Working with newborns allows her to use some of the knowledge gained through this venture practically.  In order to continue her education she has also taken classes through CSU, a Newborn Care Specialist class that is NCSA approved, and a Breastfeeding for Multiples class through St. Joseph's hospital.  She is CPR and First Aid certified for infants through adults.

Monique's father took her on a snorkeling trip in Mexico when she was a little girl, and she immediately fell in love with the ocean.  Her desire to be near the ocean took her to Hawaii for about a year where she lived in huts that were made out of invasive species and recycled materials.  During her one year stay in Hawaii she had the opportunity to swim with wild spinner dolphins.  This was an amazing experience and pushed her to find a way to help these highly intelligent creatures.  It is a goal of hers to be able to do whatever she can to help revive the ocean and the creatures in it. It is another dream of hers to be able to do hands-on work with marine mammals as a volunteer as well as work as a Nanny.