Super kid: Elizabeth Nickerson, 16: Young artist, a Monroe senior, has been a true citizen of the world

Early start: Began kindergarten in Maryland when she was 4 years old.

Many moves: Was born in Baltimore, and has moved 11 times because of her dad’s work building tunnels for subways and sewers. Lived in Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri, Denmark and Puerto Rico.

On moving: “It’s really fun to get to experience different parts of the U.S. and it’s nice being able to compare them. I like learning new things and (meeting) different kinds of people. … It’s also hard to make friends and then to keep them. Usually, it’s like you make that bond and then move away.”

Best and worst: Favorite place to live was Puerto Rico. Was in fourth grade and, as a home-school student, went on field trips to beaches and popular tourist destinations. Least favorite was Las Vegas because of the heat.

Art star: Her drawing “Butterflies and Hurricanes” was selected for local Arty Gras auction. Bought by Ken Hoover, superintendent of Monroe schools, the drawing now hangs in the Monroe High School lobby. “It’s really exciting. I do my art for myself, but I like knowing that other people appreciate it and I really like knowing that people like my art so much they’re willing to pay for it or hang it up in the school office.”

Her muse: Picture features a woman’s head on top of a skeleton with goldfish clouds. “I was listening to the song ‘Butterflies and Hurricanes’ by Muse, and I started to draw. So Muse was my muse.”

Colorful bodies: Loves drawing the human figure in bright colors, usually with colored pencils, but also enjoys painting. “I never have a black and white. It’s always purple, orange and bright teal.”

Sargent fan: Favorite artist is the late John Singer Sargent, an American artist best known for his portraits.

In office: Is president of the Monroe High School Art Club. Also is in charge of art and layout for the high school newspaper, Hye Tye.

Global vision: Enjoys world history and studying mythology from different parts of the world. “I really, really like stories. I like hearing about different cultures and what they believed in at one point and the stories they would tell to each other.”

Art school: After graduating, wants to go to college and probably earn a master’s degree in studio arts. Wants to do design concept work for video game companies.

Good game: Favorite video game is “Zelda.” Started playing as a kid and has enjoyed the many incarnations of “Zelda.”

Big sis: Lives with her dad, James, her mom, Laurie, a jewelry artist, and sisters Ashley, 15, and Victoria, 14.

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