June 10, 2015 08:30 PM

Jurassic Park‘s Ariana Richards is expecting her first child with husband, Mark Bolton, PEOPLE confirms.

The happy couple, who tied the knot in January 2013, are expecting the arrival of their little one in November and could not be more excited.

“My husband and I are thrilled,” Richards, 35, tells PEOPLE. “This is really a wonderful moment for us. It’s super exciting.”

These days, Richards is focusing on her love of art and has made a life for herself as a professional painter. “For me, it’s really about telling a story and I’ve certainly learned from the best,” Richards says.

“I love to work with people in the art and express their story on canvas and my impression of them and what they want to express and use oils, brushes, canvas to create something that will last the generation.”

Courtesy Ariana Richards

Richards, who is currently residing in South America for her art tour, says that life after Jurassic Park is much quieter.

“My life story these days, I still experience the red carpet as an artist but on a day-to-day basis I live kind of a country life,” the mom-to-be shares. “It’s much quieter, but it’s still very rich.”

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However, Richards is proud to pay tribute to the movie that opened her eyes to a whole new world.

“My experience working on Jurassic, it was so groundbreaking,” Richards explains. “It’s so fun to be part of something that touched the culture in such a big way and that brings people so much joy.”

Though Richards admits that she would have loved to accept the invitation to attend the premiere of Jurassic World, her doctor recommended that she stay put in South America and focus on the arrival of her little one.

“When we have our little child come along soon, she’ll be — or he’ll be — the star of our lives,” she says.

— Christina Dugan

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