#GoldenHareStories Part 10: Nicola Wiehahn

October 26, 2018

#GoldenHareStories Part 10: Nicola Wiehahn

Our #goldenharestories post today is written by our wonderful artist Nicola Wiehahn. What an incredible career Nicola has had!

I always wanted to paint, at age 2 I painted my Mum’s newly built flint wall and painting was what I did whenever I wasn’t in school.  I went to Camberwell school of art to study ceramics, I love ceramics and decided big bowls and plates would be a vehicle  for my painting so it was still always the painting I loved. After college, determined to  set up a studio,  I painted murals and floors for an interior designer in London until I had enough money to buy a kiln and renovated a garage next to my home to build a studio.

Nicola Wiehahn


I think most freelance artists do other jobs to supplement incomes, I worked as an illustrator, designed textiles, taught children and adults and worked in advertising, making models and painting backdrops, the more bizarre the better! I once helped to build an 10’ high gnome  and an aqualung for an elephant, you stopped asking ‘why’ after a bit! 

 All the while carrying on my own work in my studio. I was very lucky to be taken on by a yacht designer and made dinner services for his ships, each plate interleaved with a velvet bag full of metal beads to withstand choppy seas. Then I took part in Liberties Best of Britain exhibition and at the same time had an article in House and Garden. A buyer saw me and introduced me to the big American shops like Nieman Marcus, Gumps and Saks. I had years doing collections of paintings and ceramics for them which was exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time.  In London I sold work and had exhibitions at Thomas Goode in London. By then I was also receiving a lot of commissions both for paintings and ceramics. I designed collections for the National Trust, Marks and Spencers, Poole Pottery  and was delighted by a commission for the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday for a bowl featuring her favourite flowers. 

Nicola Wiehahn


After I had my son I decided that I really wanted to concentrate on painting on paper, for me it was the most direct way to express myself  and my clients had built up enough for me to take the leap. I have been painting ever since, I sell my work in lovely gallery and by word of mouth as well as  contacts made on social media.


Nicola Wiehahn

Why do I love my work? When its going well it’s the most thrilling feeling to be able to express my love of nature, of colour and light and for other’s to get pleasure form that is a wonderful privilege. The other day I was sitting painting by a river, golden reflections everywhere, dazzling light, a kingfisher flying past  and long tailed tits in the willow trees and felt so lucky to be doing the work I do. I hope that that feeling is contained in the paintings.

You can buy Nicola's work Here: https://goldenhare.co.uk/collections/nicola-wiehahn





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