Nuts art about

Nigel Wal­lace loves cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful art­works of Nor­folk scenes, but his ca­reer started out in a rather dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion

EDP Norfolk - - The Coast - You can see more of Nigel’s work, and buy copies of his prints and can­vases, at www.whiteone­sugar.co.uk

ARTIST Nigel Wal­lace, who pro­duced the beau­ti­ful cover im­age on this month’s is­sue, learned the nuts and bolts of draw­ing by draw­ing... nuts and bolts.

He spent 20 years work­ing as a tech­ni­cal il­lus­tra­tor for an aerospace com­pany, draw­ing highly de­tailed pieces such as ex­ploded en­gines. He had found his way into the stu­dio af­ter, in his words, he “drifted through school and ended up at art col­lege, where all drifters end up, study­ing tech­ni­cal graph­ics.”

But within that en­vi­ron­ment were a num­ber of artists who en­cour­aged him to pick up his brush and paint. “I was al­ways in­ter­ested in art and in what other peo­ple were do­ing. I learned a lot from them and spent a lot of spare time paint­ing.”

A piv­otal mo­ment came when he did a paint­ing of his house. “A friend saw it and said ‘can you do me one?’ So I did and I spent ten years paint­ing part-time. It built up and then I took early re­tire­ment and went for it.”

Nigel’s style, seen on the cover and in the works on these pages, was in­spired by the beau­ti­ful clas­sic travel posters which were pop­u­lar, par­tic­u­larly with the rail­way com­pa­nies, be­tween the 20s and the 60s. “I like to visit a place and get the at­mos­phere, take some pho­to­graphs and do some sketches. Then its back to the com­puter to cre­ate the art­work.”

His busi­ness, White One Sugar, is very much a fam­ily af­fair; daugh­ter Karen (whose tea pref­er­ence is the in­spi­ra­tion for the busi­ness name) is a pho­tog­ra­pher and artist, son Neil draws and wife Tina left a teach­ing ca­reer to help out with ad­min­is­tra­tion and other vi­tal tasks to keep things run­ning smoothly. As well as his poster art Nigel is a skilled il­lus­tra­tor, with a large col­lec­tion of draw­ings, and a pho­tog­ra­pher as well.

He fell for Nor­folk when the fam­ily had a hol­i­day in the county and he pro­duced some of his work which he sold through an art shop at Creake Abbey. His favourite spot is Holkham.

“We love go­ing to Holkham in Septem­ber, we love the diver­sity of the place, the wildlife and birds; we’re in­tro­duc­ing the grand­kids to it all!”

He has plans to ex­pand his cov­er­age of the coast, through Burn­ham Overy Staithe to Cromer and Happisburgh’s iconic lighthouse.

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