Nellie’s passion has always been with visual arts, especially printmaking in which she majored during her secondary and tertiary studies when training to be a primary teacher. She also pursued many other printmaking, textile and design workshops and courses. Art also featured heavily in Nellie’s classroom teaching across curriculum, including her annual ‘Archie’s Prized Ball’ a portrait competition in which school staff were photographed and painted by students to coincide with The Archibald Prize. Whilst teaching English in Japan, she was afforded the opportunity to engage in the traditional art of Hanga (wood block printmaking). Honing her skill and developing technique during this time, many of these simple prints featured in her first SALA exhibition in 2013, entitled ‘Memoirs of a Gaugin’.
Nellie’s original designs have featured on various articles of clothing, homewares and stand-alone objects of art. Delighting in exploring the world around her and drawing inspiration from the little things in everyday life …. “from little things, big things grow”