Nicola Meeks


Born and raised in England and Wales, I moved to the United States in 1989, and settled in the Black Hills of South Dakota to raise my family.

For my acrylic work, rather than purchasing a commercially made “jelly-plate” I gather the raw ingredients, concoct the recipe and make my own plate. From this plate I paint my acrylic pieces and hand-pull prints. Abstract and full of color, I particularly love the unpredictability of working on my handmade printing plate and pulling acrylic prints.

My graphite pieces are the polar opposite to the freeform of the abstract acrylic works. The graphite pieces tend, for the most part, to depict my love of animals. That said, I have found this medium lends itself well to capturing architectural details in old stone structures that remind me of my childhood around Chepstow Castle in South Wales, just a stones throw from our family home.

I believe opposites attract in all facets of life, and this is particularly evident in the two mediums in which I work.