Nicky Boyce

I’m Nicky Boyce and I was born in England and now live in Allenwood South, in the Republic of Ireland, with husband Andy and eight rescued cats. I am a Chartered Structural Engineer, having read Engineering at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire.

After a 23 year career in Engineering, I was unexpectedly made redundant and so I decided to retire to pursue something less stressful. Art was something I’ve enjoyed as a hobby and initially I attended adult education classes in Clane under the instruction of Terry Dunne.

I studied art at VTOS, in Athy under the instruction of Paschal Fitzpatrick. I am a founding member of the artist’s group, Flutterbuys, which is made up of past and present students. We came together in May 2011 in order to promote our art collectively.

I am also a member of the artist’s group Cruthú, based at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. My glasswork can be viewed in the artisan studios there. My ambition is to set up a studio to teach adults. I strongly believe that there is an artistic talent in everyone and it’s just a case of bringing it out.

My favourite mediums are soft pastel and watercolour and my favourite subjects are animal and bird portraiture in which I have completed a number of commissions.

The greatest challenge is to capture the character of the animal. I also practise the art of Chinese Brush Painting, on both rice paper (xuan) and silk. I have attended classes at West Dean collage in Sussex, under the tuition of Maggie Cross. I have won a number of competitions and have exhibited in numerous exhibitions.

I have works hung publicly and privately both here and abroad. I am a member of the Kilcullen Art Group.