Nicole has been drawing and painting since she was a child and surrounded by a family of artists. In high school she particularly loved to produce black and white drawings of people and for her Year 12, 3 Unit Art she created a series of pencil drawings of Aboriginal children and an elder which demonstrated her interest in and the beauty of our indigenous people. It is a desire of Nicole’s to one day enter an artwork into the Archibald Prize.
After leaving school she worked for a Commercial Artist and thereafter worked in several companies in the industry and over 30 years later is still working as a part time Graphic Designer for her family paint manufacturing business.
As well as this she is fortunate to have been able to continue her visual arts in her business Originally Nic where she regularly trades at local artisan markets and has showed her work in exhibitions such as the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens “Artisans in the Gardens” in 2002, 2004 and 2017 where she exhibited and sold her botanical Ceramic Tables. Nicole has had three group exhibitions at the “Palm House from 2011 to 2013, the Arcadian Artists Trail over the past four years plus various school exhibitions, the RAS and the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition.
Three years ago Nicole had her first small group exhibition at the Balmain Watch House and a 2nd one in May 2017 with three fellow artists in their exhibition ‘First by 4’.
Nicole likes to work in a variety of mediums including pencil drawings, acrylic paintings on canvas, etchings, watercolours, gouache and ceramics. The primary influence in Nicole’s work is provided by nature, hence Australian birds and botanicals feature greatly in her work. Nicole completed a Cert. 3 in Horticulture about 7 years ago as she is very passionate about plants.
For her last exhibition at the Balmain Watch House from May 5-7, 2017 Nicole produced a range of paintings and ceramics inspired by the Australian coast.
Nicole regularly trades at Lane Cove Makers Market, the Coal Loader Artisans Market, the Glebe Artisans Market and various other art festivals throughout the year.
Some of my highlights
I produce different types of work including paintings and ceramics. With my paintings, I generally start with an idea then photograph subject matter or find imagery on the internet for reference material. These include acrylics on canvas, watercolours & gouache on handmade papers, etchings which I produce, print and hand paint with watercolours. With my ceramics I either produce slipcast pieces which I hand paint in complimentary designs and imagery to accompany my paintings or hand build earthenware clay pieces such as homewares, garden art and jewellery. The hand built bowls and garden art are generally imprinted with natural textural objects such as seeds, shells and plant matter as I love to create textures and generally do just one colour as a wash. I’m always thinking of new ways to present my ideas and I do like the items to be utilitarian.