From a young age Nicola has been fascinated by art and design and its history and development to the present day. She enjoyed exploring the history of French Art when studying at Durham University and gained a distinction in Illustrating Children’s Books from London Art College. More recently Nicola has been influenced by a period working for Apple, as a ‘Creative’, and as a result, has enjoyed incorporating more digital techniques into her illustration.
Based in rural North Yorkshire, Nicola combines her work as an artist and illustrator with teaching. She draws and paints a variety of subjects and offers a range of art workshops for both children and adults.
Nicola particularly enjoys drawing and painting animals and, as a child, was first inspired to pick up a paintbrush by her love of horses. She has exhibited paintings at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, with the Society of Equestrian Artists and with the UK Coloured Pencil Society, as well as more locally in North Yorkshire. She has won awards for her coloured pencil work.
Nicola carries out a small number of portrait commissions each year. When she paints or draws a portrait she aims to capture the personality of her subject, as well as making an accurate representation of them.
For illustration, Nicola loves to use her sketchbook drawings and knowledge of animals to create lively, fun characters that entertain and amuse.
Whatever the remit, Nicola aims to produce work of the highest quality that makes an emotional connection with the viewer and draws them into a storyline.