Nicola draws inspiration from the Northern Beaches landscape. Working “en plein air” on the beaches and in the bush surrounding her Terrey Hills home she often chooses oil pastels for their ease of portability for outdoor painting. Nicola finds that the relatively crude nature of the medium helps to focus on simple line and colour and promotes a use of decisive, gestural marks. Her still life pieces are usually ‘finds’ from her neighbours’ gardens or from local reserves, finding joy in the shapes and colours of the Australian native flora around her.
Nicola moved to Sydney from the UK in 2010 and was a finalist in the Warringah Art Prize 2016.