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Nicola Bell


Nicola Bell has been painting since childhood. She specialises in watercolour botanical painting but is increasingly exploring other subjects and media, including coloured pencil work and life drawing. She is a keen gardener and much of the material for her botanical studies comes from her own large garden near Salisbury. Holidays are an opportunity for sketching, and B&B owners in France, Spain and Italy have bought her works and used them on their web sites!

She was a member of the St Ives Society of Artists from 1993 to 2007 and exhibited there each year.

In 1996 Nicola was elected as a founder member of the Society of Floral Painters (SFP). At the 2010 Mottisfont exhibition the judges for the Caran D’Ache Award for Excellence in the use of Coloured Pencils commended her for her high standard in this medium.

Between 1990 and 2003 she exhibited every year at the open exhibition of The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in London.

Nicola has also exhibited at:

The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol in 1973

The Royal Horticultural Society, Vincent Square

The Linnean Society of London at their Conversatione in June 1990, in conjunction with the SBA

The Small Pictures Exhibition (Salisbury)

Chelsea Group of Artists (open exhibition)

SFP overseas exhibitions in Sweden, Jersey and Austria.

SFP exhibitions at Mottisfont Abbey, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire, Compton Acres, Dorset and The Vyne, Hampshire

Nicola joined the South West Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA) on its foundation in 2006, and has exhibited at their spring and summer exhibitions since then. In 2009 she was awarded their Diploma. Sadly the Society of Floral Painters closed at the beginning of 2017.

Nicola Bell has sold many works over the past twenty years as a result of exhibitions and private commissions, both within the UK and abroad. Nicola is currently contributing towards a florilegium of flowers in Salisbury Cathedral Close, and has two pictures accepted for the “Leaves of the Tree Exhibition” at Winchester Cathedral from 11 April to 17 May 2018. She is also hoping to take part in the SWSBA exhibition at Stourhead in May 2018.