Nicola joined the art studio at W.N. Sharpe/Hallmark as a junior trainee greeting card illustrator, at the age of 16, having just left school. She progressed from designing to managing a team of freelance illustrators for the same company. After 15 years in the greeting card industry she decided to become a freelance artist herself, expanding her artistic flair into other areas. She works mainly in watercolour and her recent work has been inspired by her experiences as a Mum to two daughters, capturing those memorable moments.