Nicola studied botanical art and illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh graduating with distinction from the Diploma course there in 2012.
Since then she has exhibited across the UK and won awards from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. In 2019 she received the James and Eve Bennet Award for Excellence from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Florilegium.
Nicola’s work is held on permanent collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in private collections and over the years has been reproduced for use in books, advertising and interpretation materials.
Finding inspiration in the natural world, Nicola paints with great attention to detail using layers of transparent watercolour to build up vibrant colours and textures. Always striving to be botanically accurate, Nicola seeks to go beyond the details encouraging the viewer to see the beauty, character and intrinsic value of a plant, often painting larger than life to explore what is hidden from immediate view. Her work is an appreciation of the intricate and ingenious workings of nature. It is a recognition that our own lives are inextricably connected to the natural world around us and is grounded in a need to understand and cherish that world.
Nicola lives and works near Edinburgh, Scotland. You can follow her work on: