May 2021 Nicola Osborne
In May 2021 we presented an exhibition of nature inspired paintings by Nicola Osborne. Nicola has been one of my favourite local artists for a while and I was so proud to display her work at the Window Gallery.
The exhibition is available to view as a video, with music by Tigress on our YouTube Channel.
An Interview with the Artist
When did you start making art?
I have always created art. From a formative age it was my constant and solace. However, formally I studied Illustration at KIAD and became an art teacher. About 4 years ago, with the support of my family, I was able to make the decision to follow Art as a full-time career.
What sort of art do you create?
I create paintings influenced by the natural world, mainly floral. I am particularly interested in colour and form.
Has this changed over time?
Overtime, my work has become more abstract and looser. Mixed media has entered into my painting. This is something I am really enjoying.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from the beauty of nature, colour and form, in particular circles and spheres. I enjoy the challenge of trying to depict the transience of flowers, their fragility and majesty.
What do you do if you’re not inspired?
Feeling uninspired!? Well I find that this is when you revisit your obsession. Looking at previous sketches and paintings. Choosing to loosen up and experiment both with media and also composition.
Where do you practice art?
I create my work in my home, amongst the day today chaos of family life. Obviously, it’s been more problematic this year than most.
How often do you create?
As often as is possible. This year has been a struggle with a house full, but I am looking forward to the return to a 5 day a week pursuit.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I particularly enjoy the contemplation involved in painting. Planning is such an integral part in painting and is juxtaposed by the freedom of mark making, experimentation and happy accidents
Where have you exhibited before?
Lloyds Art Group, Lloyd’s of London
The Fishermen’s Chapel, Leigh on Sea
Leigh Community Centre
Lopping Hall Gallery
Do you sell your work? If so, is it difficult to part with it?
Yes, I do sell my work but it’s never difficult to part with because I really enjoy the prospect of a piece of my work, bringing enjoyment to someone else’s home.
What superpower would you have and why?
The power to make things grow just with a touch. I hate it when I plant anything and they don’t survive and I can’t help feeling a real pang of sadness.
You can see all of our past exhibitions here.