Beginning her career in digital media over two decades ago, Nichola lived and worked in London, spending almost every weekend in The Tate Modern, The National Gallery, The White Cube and other galleries. Picking up a paintbrush for the first time at the start of the pandemic, Nichola quickly developed an abstract expressionist practice and later began studying a Master of Arts Practice at The Northern School of Art.
Influenced by abstract expressionists including Joan Miro, Howard Hodgkin, Helen Frankenthaler, and Bridget Riley, Nichola’s painting style leans towards fluid, ephemeral layers and simple pared-back colour palettes. To her, these paintings reflect the total remembered experience of an event or physical experience, often highly charged with emotion. These paintings are, to Nichola, “engrams” of the event recalled in a synesthetic manner, using colour and texture to convey the full sensory memory.