‘Despite growing up in the North East of Scotland, it is the landscape of the Outer Hebrides that inspires me. We would visit family on the island of North Uist several times a year throughout my childhood and spent most of the time outside walking in the hills or playing on the beach regardless of the weather.
I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting and continued to paint while teaching Art and Design for several years. It is the sheer scale of the landscape in Scotland that stirs me to paint. Walking on a Hebridean beach with the wind on my face, I look up at the limitless sky and feel tiny. I want my paintings to communicate a sense of immersion and connection within a landscape.’
Nicola’s paintings communicate a sense of immersion and connection with the landscape. Her sense of space and sensitive handling of paint has allowed her to create images which convey the ‘stillness’ and calm of nature without losing any sense of its power. Reflective, meditative, yet still dramatic, her work is a fitting tribute to the tradition of landscape painting in Britain.