Nicky originally trained as a designer, graduating from Central St Martin's School of Art in 1993 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design with a specialism in printed textiles. After working in various areas of the fashion & textile design industry, a career break to raise my four children led her to rediscover the excitement of drawing & painting.
Nicky's flower paintings are an attempt to capture the burst of happiness that she always feels on finding an unexpected patch of wildflowers, or when a breeze sends a meadow dancing. Nicky is particularly inspired by the vivacious wildflowers, hardy heathland plants and big skies she sees in the countryside around her home, and the powerful feeling of permanence and belonging that watching a familiar landscape through changing seasons can bring. She is also strongly influenced by memories of the flowers that her Grandad grew in his garden when she was a child, and the naive shapes that she often uses are representative of this.
Nicky also enjoys the immediacy of life drawing, usually working in layers of collage and mixed media on paper, or on canvas when time allows. Her focus is on colour and atmosphere, concentrating on the play of warm and cold shadows across the body.
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