NINA IS AN ARTIST, SURFER AND TRAVELLER.
Nina, how did your journey as an artist begin? I started my journey at a very young age. My family nurtured my creativity growing up. Like Picasso said: “Every child is an artist, the problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.” For me, this came from my grandfather teaching me to draw from 8 years old, and my mother keeping me interested in my teens, taking trips around Cornwall, London and Europe to see galleries. Only for a few years now I have called myself an artist/ painter.
What is it about the aerial perspective that you love so much?
The aerial concept draws from my fascination of how humans spend their time on this beautiful blue planet. How people interact with nature, how different cultures and terrain affect the aerial images. And how every second the dynamic of the composition between man and nature, is moving. It raises consciousness of how we act and perform on earth, and from the aerial perspective I feel I can capture these moments so much clearer – creating patterns, depth in colour and compositions. The possibilities are endless and I am very excited to see where it goes in the future...
How does the surf/ocean inspire you and your art? Surfing is time out and pure enjoyment – but it is also where the whole aerial concept started for me. So many years I have looked across the seascape of surfers dotted around in the water. Between the sets you can start seeing the human pattern – everyone is super content detoxing from their work hours or school days. This is what inspires me to recreate these moments.
What’s next for you?
I am doing a pop-up show in September on Portobello Road in London, where I have planned a collection based on my favourite destinations: Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Bali and of course, Cornwall. For the summer I will be at home in my Cornish studio in Rock painting – so please call in and say hi!
One thing you would like to achieve before the end of the year?
To perfect the Hang Ten... I took up longboarding last year and never looked back.
Name: Nina Brooke
Location: Cornwall & London
Social Media: @nina_brooke_artist