Originally from the UK, Nicola is now a Sydney based artist. Working in her Terrey Hills studio she draws inspiration from the surrounding bush landscape. She finds Australia’s native flora fascinating and different from the flowers she grew up with – the bold forms and colours are so unique. Nicola’s pure, unpretentious studies of Australian Native flora are a reminder of the loving compassion and inspiration that comes to us from the natural world constantly. A healing balm for this wild time.
The relatively crude nature of oil pastels encourages the focus on simple line and colour and promotes a use of decisive, gestural marks directly placed onto wooden panels. The background is filled last, using it to refine shapes and bring out the negative spaces. Generous and deliberate with her use of oil pastels, the directional strokes of her application of colour and texture bring an inexplicable ‘life-force’ to her works.
“This body of work is an expression of gratitude for the tracts of untouched wilderness that we find in our neighbourhood offering us a sense of expansiveness in an otherwise narrowed-down world. I know that others are appreciating their local wilderness too because I meet so many more people on the bushwalking tracks. Viewers will find comfort and a sense of peace in the familiar motifs and the timeless nature of the Australian Bush.” – Nicola Woodcock
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