Nicky Dagnall has been living and working on the magical Isle of Skye since 2005 but has still managed to maintain close links with the equally beautiful Richmond in North Yorkshire, where she visits her close family and friends approximately every six weeks.
Nicky’s formative years were spent living in the Middle East and Far East as her father served in the Armed Forces. Nicky's mother was born in Richmond and the family settled permanently here once her father left the Army. Nicky and her twin sister Kim attended the C of E Junior and Richmond Schools and her parents Elsie & Doug Smith were the proprietors of both the Town Hall Hotel Richmond and the Travellers Rest at Skeeby until they retired.
Nicky became a semi -professional artist seven years ago and also has a part-time job working for the NHS at the local hospital on the Isle of Skye. This enables her to have quality time for her painting and gives her the best of 'both worlds'.
Specialising in pastel, she is drawn to painting animals and flowers and has a genuine delight in painting sheep, gaining a reputation for her colourful portrayal of these and also her dramatic skies. Travelling between Skye and Richmond (camera in hand) gives her all the inspiration she needs to paint. The superb light, variety of wildlife and fauna in both the Yorkshire Dales and on the Isle of Skye are reminders of the beauty of nature and constantly provide new ideas and subjects to explore.Her paintings can be very different, depending on the subject chosen, from illustrative to impressionistic as she creates striking images using bold colour, manipulating the pastel in various ways to add depth and texture to her work. “I never know how any of my paintings will develop as I don't plan what I am painting, it just evolves as I work” said Nicky.
Nicky’s daughter Amber, family and friends, have been encouraging her for years to exhibit artwork at The Station Richmond. Although Nicky has exhibited countrywide from Manchester to Strathpeffer,has work in galleries in Inverness, Skye and North Yorkshire, sold work nationally and internationally, this is her first solo exhibition.