Hi, I'm Nicole
Slowing down, turning my attention inward, staring off into space - the things we were told not to do at school - seem to bring the best results for me in my creative practice.
I like creating paintings by consciously connecting to a state of flow. Sometimes for the art.
Sometimes for the flow.
I draw on memories from many years of living and travelling through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. From the sights and sounds of busy souks, to the sweet scent of Damask roses on mountainside terraces, my senses are flooded with the delights of adventure and exploration.
I playfully capture this on the canvas, celebrating the wonder of other countries and cultures, as if I'm travelling these paths again, reliving and articulating my experiences through abstract, expressive mark making and the tactile quality of paint.
[They are] "Dynamic, playful representations of life, expressed through colour and energetic swipes of paint"
With intention-filled mark making and a harmonious colour palette, I apply the paint energetically, building layer by layer in a call and response manner, expressively and joyfully painting from the inside out.
Exciting marks, harmonious colour, depth and spaciousness are all hallmarks of my finished pieces.
“Painting playfully and expressively delights me. Much like breathing, it makes me feel alive and is a necessary part of being.”
Inevitably, the outcome for artist and viewer alike, is discovery and delight.
Exhibitions and Events:
Mar 2023 Winner, Revival Art Design Emerging Art Prize 2023, Brisbane
Mar 2023 Grammar Art School group show, Toowoomba
Mar 2023 The One Show, Revival Art and Design, Brisbane
Nov 2022 Summer Soiree group show, Revival Art and Design
Oct 2022 Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize 2022
Aug 2022 Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne
Jan 2022 Winner, GalleryOne962 Art Prize
Sep 2021 Finalist, Corner Store Gallery, Mini Series prize
Aug 2021 Selected, Art Folio Annual Intnl Art Magazine (2022 edition) USA
Nov 2020 Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize 2020
Jun 2020 Isolation Art group show, Revival Art and Design
Feb 2020 Finalist, Aspire Petite Pieces Show
Jan 2020 Finalist, Art Lovers top 100 art prize
May 2019 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
Feb 2019 Selected to exhibit with the Royal Queensland Art Society's Women's Work exhibition