I like the fact that Fine Art Commissions is a one stop shop. I also like the competition with other artists and to be able to secure the opinion of Sara who has seen so many works of art.
We had one session and I was driven by the need to put down in one go the things that struck me about Sara and to stick to that impression of her personality without being side tracked by detail.
Born in England and raised in Zimbabwe, Nick studied law at Cambridge University where he was also a Boxing Blue. After several years as a practising lawyer in London and abroad, he changed career and spent five years at art school in Majorca, studying under Joaquin Torrens Llado.
In July 1999, under armed protection, he painted the landing of The First Parachute Battalion in Pristina. He stayed on in Kosovo at General Jackson's request to paint a group portrait of the NATO, UN and Kosovan Liberation Army command groups in meeting. Together the pictures required a total of seventy-five individual portraits, some full length and all painted from life.
In February 2002, Nick was flown by the RAF into Kabul, the first and only foreign artist then allowed into Afghanistan. Over two months there he painted several canvases on the crowded streets of Kabul under the armed protection of the Parachute and Ghurkha Regiments. The paintings were the subject of an article in The Telegraph and were exhibited at the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street. In early 2004 he spent a month in Basra where he worked on two military commissions, later the focus of an article in Country Life.
Nick’s popularity as a portrait painter continues to grow and his work currently hangs in private and corporate collections across the country.
Nick, along with two fellow artists, founded the art school Lavender Hill Studios in Battersea. The School teaches pupils the traditional atelier technique, teaching them the sight-size method practised by artists such as John Singer Sargent. In 2013 he then helped launch Lavender Arts and Crafts, which concentrates on teaching crafts such as bookbinding, stained glass, screenprinting and textile jewellery and Lavender Leonardos, a children’s art school.