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Nicola Bennett is an English artist living and working in Okere Falls, New Zealand.  In 2007 Bennett completed her Masters of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland.  Her work is held in private collections in New Zealand, South Africa and England.

“I am an abstract painter working on mainly large canvas's in mixed media - oils, acrylics, spray paint, pastels. My passion for fine art is influenced by fine food. When I cook I have a sketchbook on my kitchen bench. I record how a certain action, like grating, might translate to a mark on paper. I use those marks in my paintings.  When painting, I think about the smoothness or crunchiness of food translated in terms of visual textures and surfaces. I’m trying to create surface textures that make my mouth water.  

I think of colours like flavours, and how they interact.  The process is a playful search for beauty. I always know when a painting is finished; it is ready to eat with the eyes.  A visual feast if you will.”