Nicola is a Scottish artist specialising in contemporary botanical art and illustration. She has a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, graduating with distinction in 2012.
She has received awards from the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and in 2018 was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in London for her series of paintings of plants collected by John Jeffrey.
In 2019, Nicola received the James and Eve Bennet Award for excellence from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Florilegium.
Nicola’s work is held on permanent collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in private collections and has been reproduced for use in books, advertising and interpretation materials.
Working mainly in watercolour, Nicola uses layers of paint to build up vibrant colours and botanically accurate details in illustrations which are life size or larger.
Nicola is a member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists, the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists and the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Images © N. Macartney