Hi, I'm Nicola McLean. I'm an Irish artist living in the very far north of Scotland, surrounded by wildlife and wild weather. As a result, I live mainly in wellies and waterproof clothing and on the wettest of days I dream of an alternate life somewhere hot where I drift around like a sunshine hippy in floaty dresses and flip flops while painting en plein air.
However, because Scottish weather isn't particularly conducive to floaty dresses, flip flops or, indeed, painting en plein air, I have a wonderful little art shed which my talented husband built from upcycled and recycled materials (including old wooden pallets and washing machine windows!), where I can stay warm and dry, and, when I'm not working part-time at my local animal shelter, I'll generally be found out there wearing paint splattered overalls and singing loudly to whatever's on my iPod while working on my latest painting.
I've found as I've grown as an artist so too has my inspiration. I don't want to limit myself to being an artist of just one particular subject matter because inspiration comes from so many directions - the animals we share the planet with, landscapes, both urban and natural, and even just the ordinary, everyday moments in life – all these things can spark the idea for a painting but I’ve discovered that it’s the little details like the pattern of lights reflecting on water or the abstract shapes created by sunshine glinting through the trees that really pique my interest and it’s those details that I aim to re-imagine with a vibrant palette and a vivid imagination.
I work predominantly in acrylics – paints, inks and spray paint because they dry quickly and give me the vibrancy that I love.
I am grateful to everyone who has invested in my art so far and am delighted that my paintings are hanging in private collections all over the UK as well as in America, Canada, Australia, China and Europe. I've also been lucky enough to win a couple of awards for my paintings over the last few years which is why I describe myself as an award winning artist (okay, it's not the Turner prize but if I don't blow my own trumpet no one else will do it for me!)
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