About Nicola Westlake
I 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.