Nicole is a recent and devoted Queenstown resident, and emerging and evolving artist. Her creations celebrate her profound love for trees and their often hidden, yet intricately connected, root systems together with the unique spirit of Queenstown – where being true to oneself is acknowledged, permitted and valued, and community and resourcefulness bloom amidst a backdrop of remoteness and privacy.
Nicole's journey as a human has taken her through many continents, life chapters and career paths. Her journey as an artist began relatively late compared to some. It was under the inspiring mentorship of Mal Gotjes, Master Ceramicist at Q West Community Gallery that Nicole's long standing artistic passions found a tangible medium. Nicole infuses her ceramic figures with the tactile essence of the forest and blends them with surprising elements and representations of local colours, woods and metals iconic of the town. Her major installation is a representation of a living unity made of superficially disconnected, hardened and unique forms bound deeply by subtle yet powerful threads.