Meet Dani and AJ!
This gorgeous madonna portrait was commissioned as a gift for AJ's daddy. Everyone is so pleased to finally meet little AJ.
Isn't he a cutie?
Meet the Artist
I recall telling my parents at a tender young age that I would one day be veterinarian who drew her patients. A diabetic pet guinea-pig quickly put an end to any desire to become a vet, but I still held on to the passion to be an artist and my love for animals.
I began taking commissions at 15 years old, and by 17 I was travelling the country selling prints and paintings at comic and art shows, mostly of dragons. By the end of my schooling years I had been approached to design a teen fiction book cover and had been hired as a photographer for weddings. My creativity knew no bounds, but I struggled to find a direction. After graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2014 with a degree in Illustration, I felt more lost than ever.
In the summer of 2019 my husband and I relocated to Pembrokeshire in Wales and decided it was time to take the next step. We brought home a cavapoo puppy called Hazelnut in June of 2019. After a few months of training and poo bags and cuddles it dawned on me what I would truly love to do, and so I started drawing portraits!
Materials and Method
I like to use a combination of pencils and pastels, charcoal and conte sticks to achieve both softness and detail. I prefer heavyweight textured pastel and watercolour papers to give an extra depth to each piece. I love the simplicity of a bold paper colour to really make the subject stand out from the page whilst still complimenting them.
"I would recommend Nicola as her art work speaks for itself. She has an image that you send her and she responds beautifully with a keen eye and brings that image to life. I took a chance and I am so so glad that I did. A truly wonderful artist."
"Absolutely delighted with both of the drawings Nicola produced for me. I told her what I was after, sent her some photos and her drawings were perfect I’m so happy with them and so were my children who got them as presents for Christmas! Thank you Nicola x"
"Highly recommend Nicola, great communication and fantastic artist. I had a portrait of my sisters dog done for Christmas and it was amazing. Thank you."
"Absolutely stunning pieces of art! Nicola captures the character of my cat so effortlessly that the picture looks real. I was so impressed with the colour picture she did I commissioned her for a second one but with a different pose. Many many thanks 😊 xx"
(In regards to the drawings) "Nicola recommended how best to frame them! She also kept me updated on their progress and sent me pictures of them before she sent them. They were so reasonably priced and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her business again! Thank you so much Nicola"