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Nicola Stockley

Born in Swanage, UK

British based artist.


I am an explorer.

Through my interests in the natural world I create illustrations and picture books that travel through extraordinary landscapes, encounter fantastical plants and discover many creatures on the way. drawing is at the centre of my daily life as well as generating concepts and ideas for new projects. it gives me a freedom to work fluently and originally. Drawing underpins every illustrative project I undertake. With a BA in Fine Art and an MA in illustration, my practice has a balance between traditional and digital mediums.

As well as working as a Fine artist in illustration, I design my own fabrics and create my own bespoke, handmade products. I am currently a resident artist in Purbeck New Wave Gallery in Swanage, dorset.

Teaching is another passion of mine and I believe that, with patience and time, anyone can learn to draw and paint. I started Purbeck and Poole painters to teach beginner/ improver art classes providing students with all the materials and guidance they need to learn about different artistic mediums and have a lot of fun at the same time!



Bournemouth and Poole College of art and Design


BA Fine Art, Northbrook College

MA Illustration, Arts university Bournemouth


Grants & Awards: 

Emmie and Rex Neate Bursary

Dorset Art Prize Winner 2017