Born in Sydney, Nicolette studied painting and drawing at the Julian Ashton Art School. She worked as assistant to Paul Delprat on Age of Consent, the movie based on a Norman Lindsay book, starring James Mason and Helen Mirren. Nicolette studied painting with Charles Blackman. She next trained at the School of Visual Arts, Sydney, then turned to Fashion Illustration. Freelancing for 20 years, her fashion illustrations were published widely in newspapers and magazines in Australia, the UK and Europe in the 70s and 80s. She had her first exhibition of paintings in the now defunct Woollahra Gallery in the early 70s. She taught Fashion Illustration at both East Sydney TAFE and The Epsom School of Art and Design in the UK.
Needing a radical change of direction, Nicolette qualified as an art therapist and established the first Art Therapy Program at the Long Bay Gaol Psychiatric Hospital. Developing an interest in sculpture, she studied at the Tom Bass Sculpture School.
Diploma Julian Ashton Art School ’69.
Assistant to Paul Delprat on movie Age of Consent‐ a Norman Lindsay book.
Studied painting with Charles Blackman.
Diploma School of Visual Arts, Sydney.
Freelance Fashion Illustrator for 20 years, publishing internationally.
Studied Tom Bass Sculpture School.
Regular exhibitor in Defiance Gallery Annual Miniature Sculpture Exhibitions.
Finalist 2012, 2015 & 2016 Portia Geach Women’s Portrait Prize.
Semi‐finalist in 2013 & 2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.
Finalist 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Nowra. 3rd Prize. Finalist in 2015 & 2016 EMSLA Still Life Prize.
Finalist 2013, 2015 & 2016 Salon des Refusés Exhibitions.
Finalist 2016, NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize.
Finalist 2016, Waverley Woollahra Art Centre 9×5 Exhibition.
2017 Portia Geach Women’s Portrait Prize, National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery
2017 finalist STILL Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
2018 Finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize
2018 finalist NSW Law Society Charity Art Show
2018 finalist National Trust ‘Meroogal’ Women’s Prize. Nowra
2018 finalist Portia Geach Women’s Portrait Award, S H Ervin Gallery, Highly Commended
2018 finalist EMSLA Still Life Award, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong
2018 finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Finalist in the 2019 Basil Sellers Art Prize, Moruya
Finalist in the 2019 Mussellbrook Art Prize