Nichola Campbell works from her studio near Lewes in East Sussex. She loves to paint with India inks because of their rich, sparkling colours. As well as being highly pigmented, the inks are lightfast, permanent and totally waterproof when dry.
Her work reflects her appreciation for the natural world and environment around her. In Sussex, it’s downland, forests and the magnificent coastline, but she also loves painting nature’s treasures, such as flowers, fruit and shells and their colours, shapes and patterns.
Nichola re-started painting in 2013. Her work can be divided into collections, the most recent being a series of framescapes in which the frame is an inherent part of the artwork, with the painting spilling over the frame and sides, making these 3D artworks as much as they are 2D paintings. Nichola’s wood panels are a collection of atmospheric paintings inspired by living in Sussex. Her collages are a series of ink and mixed-media artworks each with a story to tell.
Having grown up in Brighton, Nichola studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Brighton Polytechnic/University (BA Illustration) in the late 1980s. After a long break in her art career, she joined the artist-led cooperative, Chalk Gallery, in 2016, and in 2019 became its Chairperson.
As well as being part of the Chalk community, her work is seen in galleries, shows and exhibitions around Sussex.