Nicole describes her art as inquisitive and analytical. She explains that she "tends to over think and analyse things maybe a bit too much in my everyday life, my meticulous art practise acts as a way for me to hone or channel this energy, calming me; a sort of metaphoric 'pause' button on the chaos in my mind and around me."
While art has always been an intrinsic part of Nicole's life, she can't remember a time when she didn't paint or draw, she says it wasn't until she undertook a Masters in Fine Arts degree in recent years that she realised she could actually make a living as an artist.
In the Feathers & Fur Exhibition Nicole explores the beauty of animals she has witnessed during some recent travels through Japan, South Korea and Tasmania. As an animal lover she hopes her works create the same sense of wonder and warmth for the audience as she experienced when she saw each animal in the flesh.
The exhibition features eight works including the following:
Deer Study is an incredibly realistic pencil on paper drawing of a deer Nicole came across in Japan. With its regal stance, discerning gaze and sense of stillness Nicole's study of a deer certainly captivates and commands our attention. In addition to capturing the strength and intelligence of this animal, I also admire the sense of vulnerability expressed in this portrait.
Who can resist the charm of a wide-eyed, soft, fluffy bunny? The delicate touch of the artist in this pencil on paper drawing gives me the impression of gaining just a fleeting glimpse of this timid animal before it hops away out of sight.
In this striking portrait of a fox using acrylics and oils on canvas, Nicole captures the beauty of this much-maligned animal. Regarded as a pest in Australia, and most often described as cunning and sly, Nicole's portrayal allows the audience to experience a different aspect of this animal, it's beauty, warmth and dignity.
The Feathers & Fur Exhibition will commence at Off the Kerb Gallery on 7th September and will run until 21st September 2017. It will be shown in the Side Gallery.
Opening night is on Friday 8th September from 6pm - 9pm.
While you are there make sure you also check out "Hollow" by Chistopher Hancock in the Front Gallery, "Journey" by Luke Rion in the Back Gallery and "Spooks" by Nadia Toukhsati in the Upstairs Gallery.