Nickie Holford grew up in London, moving first to Suffolk in the late 90s before settling around seven years ago in East Norfolk, where she’s currently based.
She showed a creative streak from a young age, but only rediscovered her artistic side in the last two years when taking online classes, followed by a UAL-accredited diploma at Art Academy East in 2021. Since finishing her diploma, she has exhibited at the Yare Gallery on several occasions and is also a member of the Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Nickie is inspired by the local seaside and coastal areas further afield and is on a journey to discover and describe the beauty in the everyday environment, including the region’s big skies. She seeks to encapsulate the emotion evoked by the coast: ranging from joy, conjuring up childhood memories and excitement, to relaxation and the meditative effect of the ocean through the seasons.
Artists who demonstrate a bold use of colour or the sublime portrayal of light within a painting continue to influence Nickie in her work, while her background in technical theatre also has a part to play in the subjects and imagery which interest her.
Developing her portraiture skills is a project in progress: attempting to explore and capture the range of human feelings from love and joy to loss, and endeavouring to create a connection between herself and the viewer.
Although Nickie works mainly in acrylic or oil paint, she enjoys working and experimenting with a variety of media to create her work, including watercolour, spray paint and pencil/graphite.
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