“Nicole’s inspiration comes from her love of nature. She is especially attracted to the rugged countryside of the north of England where she lives and its coastlines. Her paintings depict moods and atmospheres created by the ever-changing English weather. The quality of light is a vital part of the mood of her work.
She likes walking in the countryside especially on the moors with her camera and sketchbook and then painting intuitively in her studio. Her main objective is to translate her emotional response to a moment in time.
She finds oil paint a wonderful medium which brings depth, luminosity and transparency to a painting.
Nicole also enjoys experimenting with acrylic, watercolour, collage and mixed media. She likes building up texture and depth with several layers of paint which she often partially rubs or scrapes back in order to leave some of the lower layers exposed. She finds canvases, wooden boards and strong papers suitable for this rough treatment.
Her landscape paintings are mainly semi-abstract. She likes to create works that are more suggestive and atmospheric than descriptive. The intention is to let the viewers connect with her work through their mood and memories.
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Ilkley Arts mission is to promote and celebrate the arts in Ilkley and surrounding areas to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and to support and help the development of our exhibiting artists.
Ilkley Arts works with a wide range of organisations to achieve this mission from those whose focus is on developing young artists such as Art School Ilkley and Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre as well as partnerships with Ilkley Manor House, Outside the Box, Ilkley Literature Festival and the Ilkley Playhouse.