Born in 1982, Nichola Eddery studied at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy from 2001 to 2003. Here she was taught the traditional method known as the ‘sight size’ approach that is used in portraiture and life studies. In 2009 she continued her studies at Studio Escalier in the Loire Valley, France for a year and during this time Nichola spent three months studying in Paris and copying directly from the finest Old Masters in the Louvre. Returning to the Loire Valley in 2010, she spent six months studying under the tutelage of Ted Seth Jacobs at his school, L’ Ecole Albert Defrois and went on to spend a further six months, in February 2011, with an accomplished fine artist, Ryan Wurmser in his studio in Westlake, California, USA. Nichola developed her ability and understanding in figurative, still-life, landscape and portrait painting whilst in France and Los Angeles and both teachers at Studio Escalier and Ryan Wurmser are former students of Ted Seth Jacobs. Her skills in landscape painting were further developed when she returned to Italy in July 2014 to study for six weeks under the world-renowned landscape artist, Israel Hershberg. On her return she was granted a six-month sponsorship to continue her personal study in colour theory and composition. Nichola made many transcriptions from Old Master works to strengthen her compositional skills and use of colour. Throughout her career she has focused on learning different traditional approaches that originate from methods used by the Old Masters and is the basis of much of her work.
Born into a family of notable equestrians and brought up on a stud, it is easy to understand Nichola’s keen interest in painting her chosen subject matters. Studying the composition of the horse for many years and drawing great inspiration from her involvement in the racing industry. Nichola is the daughter of jockey Pat Eddery, and lady jockey Carolyn Eddery, great-granddaughter of jockey and trainer Harry Wragg, granddaughter of jockey Manny Mercer, and great-niece of jockey Joe Mercer.
Nichola Eddery expresses a great love for portraiture, still life, landscape and other figurative work. Her style reconciles her achievements in academic realism, her love for beauty and colour along with her passion for the sporting and fine art composition.