Born in England in 1961 and travelling to Australia in her youth, the farmland where she grew up on Erawirung country / South Australian Riverland was a stark contrast. The environment has played a significant role in defining the lives of her family, and now, in the Mary Valley, Nic continues to create art that speaks of how the land and its native flora still shape her life.
The vibrant creative community in Sydney led her to the College of Fine Arts, where she explored a range of mediums, particularly drawing and sculpture. Subsequently, she attained her Graduate Diploma of Education and has thrived as an educator in art for twenty years. During this time she has continued to develop as an artist, delving further into ceramics; murals, mosaic, life-sized sculpture, painting, drawing and sculpture with natural materials. Travel, family, teaching in both Australia and internationally, as well as ongoing study of country, culture and indigenous art, have provided rich resources for inspiration.
While undertaking her Masters at the University of Queensland, she has spearheaded research and development of storage methods for woven baskets made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.
The creation of Wildbark Art was born out of witnessing the collective desire for connection and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her expertise as an educator meant she could facilitate this experience for the Mary Valley community - bringing people together to develop new skills and a sense of social wellbeing.
She now paints primarily in gauche and watercolour, while experimenting with natural dyes, plant saps and natural mixed media, in addition to focussing on the evolution of Wildbark Art.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
COFA - Sydney College of Fine Art
Graduate Diploma of Education
Charles Sturt University
Master of Museum Studies
University of Queensland