Nicholas’ father was a draughtsman and his interest in art began when he would watch him draw. Nicholas excelled and enjoyed art at School and on leaving the sixth form went on to do a foundation art course. Dissuaded by his parents from going on to take a degree in art he worked in magazine publishing and marketing – eventually establishing his own marketing company in London.
However, in order to fulfil his artistic ambitions he sold out of his company and lived cheaply in India and Spain where he taught himself to paint. In 2004 he returned to the UK and settled in Somerset where he further honed his painting abilities. Through a joint exhibition in Cork Street, Mayfair with two fellow Somerset artists he gained London Gallery representation from Quantum Contemporary Art.
In 2009 he set up home in rural France and converted a rundown barn in his garden into a dream studio. In 2013 he was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw forcing him to sell up and return to the UK for treatment. In June 2013 at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead – Surgeons undertook a remarkable 18 hour operation to remove the tumour, his right cheek and his left upper and lower jaw. Using a titanium structure and the fibula bone from his lower right leg they reconstructed his jaw and used parts of his right thigh to recreate his cheek. Nicholas will tell you that he owes his life to those surgeons and God.
Physically and psychologically scarred by his experience he struggled to get back to painting and didn’t pick a paintbrush up again for another 18 months. Eventually though he relocated to North Norfolk where he is firmly ‘Back in the Saddle’ and painting.