Nicholas’ father was a draughtsman and his interest in art began watching him draw. Nicholas excelled and enjoyed art at School and went on to do a foundation art course. Dissuaded by his parents from then taking 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. Through a joint exhibition with two fellow Somerset artists in Cork Street, Mayfair in 2008 he gained London Gallery representation with Quantum Contemporary Art.

In 2009 he set up home in rural France and converted a rundown barn 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. 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. 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 for another 18 months. Eventually he relocated to North Norfolk where he is firmly ‘Back in the Saddle’ and painting.