Nicola’s childhood was spent on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, where her love of the English countryside and everything to do with the sea originates. Her work is inspired by the countryside surrounding her home and summers spent in Devon and Cornwall each year.
Having gained her degree in Illustration at Manchester University, she moved south to further her career working in publishing, design and textiles. She now works from her farmhouse studio in rural Hertfordshire.
Nicola is an avid collector of beautiful things and the delights of the natural world -
“I am drawn to the subtle colours of shells, particularly pearlised ones”. Her earliest memories are of gathering shells on the beach with her Grandmother at ‘Granny’s Bay’, Lytham where she still visits today. She had amassed such a collection of shells and other exquisite objects she wanted to find a way to display them.
She found that by framing them in her eclectic way this not only showed off their charm and delicacy but they became a piece of art in themselves and often the starting point for her watercolour paintings.