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About Nicola Westlake

Homeframe, Artists, Nicola WestlakeI am a local artist living in Devonport who has achieved a BTec National Diploma in General Art and Design when I left school and have recently achieved a BA (Hons) in Humanities and Art History with the Open University.  I work as an admin assistant at City College Plymouth but paint, draw and create collages as much as I can in my spare time.  My other passions are nature, gardening, reading and illustration. My art is always influenced by nature and other cultures.

I work in many mediums but mainly watercolours and acrylics, which I like to use very freely and loosely to catch the essence of a subject and express how I engage with it emotionally.  I really enjoy creating collages; I love texture and colour and enjoy building up a composition from material, paper and anything that will make the image work. My collages are very detailed and I like to make them reflect light, so they look great in soft light and candle-light.