About the Artist
Nicola grew up in a small village in the southwest of England, an area where ancient history remains part of the lived landscape. Her early education at a Catholic convent school immersed her in tradition and ritual, and her subsequent passion for art, travel, museums and archeology have all informed her ongoing interest in how memory and myth relate to material culture. After meeting her future husband while solo backpacking through the Middle East, Nicola settled in Victoria, Canada and raised two boys. Throughout her career as a nurse and mother she never lost her love of art and history, and completed her Diploma in Fine Arts at the Vancouver Island School of Art in 2016. These studies cultivated her interest in the diversity of expression through design. In particular the way designs and patterns are eroded by time or violence, then reborn or transformed as they move over centuries and continents.