Nicolette Cross Biography

Nicolette Cross was born and educated in England.  She studied drawing with Dora Cox, before being accepted by the Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting.  There her principal instructors were, Peter Greenham, CBE, RBA, RP, RA, Patrick Phillips RWS, RP, RA, and Bryan Thomas RBA.

The British Council sponsored her first one man show, in Oxford; and at the age of 20 she was elected by the United Society of Artists as their youngest full member without the customary period as an Associate.

In 1955 she married and moved to British Columbia, where she divides her time between being a wife and mother in Vancouver and a farm on Bowen Island.  The farm life is a constant source of inspiration for her humourous “scenes” of animals, and still-life paintings.  It also enables her to indulge in her favourite hobby of riding, and keeping horses!

She works in oils, egg tempera and water colours.  Since moving to Canada she has concentrated mainly on portrait commissions, but has had several of her still-lives reproduced in Limited Editions.  Her paintings have been exhibited in juried shows in England, Europe, Canada and the U.S.A.  She has held half a dozen one man shows, and her work is in private collections in England, and the Far East as well as the USA and Canada.

She is now a full time resident of Bowen Island.