Meet the Artists

Three local artists who followed their creative dreams

Article by Erica Hernandez

Photography by Shannon Valentine, Andrew Fox and French Market Candle Company

Originally published in Cypress Lifestyle

Nickie Crow


Candles are a guilty pleasure for Nickie Crow. They set the mood for the environment, evoke memories and can lift the spirit. In 2010, after her favorite candle shop closed, she began making her own candles by choosing unique scents and hand-pouring each one. Soon after, she launched her own line of stylish, hand-poured candles called The French Market Candle Company. Some of her favorite scents include oak moss and amber as well as her signature French Market scent. Nickie’s greatest joy is seeing her customers experience her candles in their own homes.

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Steve Miller

educator & woodworker

For Steve Miller, the more weird and quirky the project, the more happiness it brings. Steven, a scroll saw artist and head woodworker at The Imagination Woodshop, crafts one-of-a-kind wooden puzzles in his Cypress shop. His designs include cleverly-crafted safari animals, trains, the state of Texas and even a nativity scene that doubles as an advent calendar. Steve likes to involve the whole family in his work. His father sands the puzzle pieces and Steve’s daughter creates her own wooden pens. He likes to say the art of woodworking is not magic but rather hard work.

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Allison Fox


Whether with paint or clay, Allison Fox creates pieces that forge a connection between herself and others. A painter at heart, Allison focuses her themes on vibrant color and light. Her paintings showcase landscapes around Cypress, Texas and beyond. She also crafts stoneware clay vessels alongside her husband for their joint venture Scrappy Dog Pottery. The two create from their Bridgeland home studio whenever the inspiration strikes, sell their wares and donate 10 percent of their earnings to animal rescue efforts.

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