I'm a freelance illustrator and artist, based in a small town in the New Forest nestled by the waters of the Solent. The area is rich with wildlife, ancient heaths, woodlands and with a sky as far as the eye can see.
There's inspiration all around. Just moments from my home there are ponds, footpaths through the woods and the wide open forest. Throughout the year an array of wildlife appears - foxes, deer, bats, owls, herons and a host of beautiful birds. With the changing seasons there is a palette of colours and patterns provided by the trees, plants and flowers.
My work is inspired by and reflects this connection to nature - the sights, sounds, harmony and wonder. Narratives and folk art also feature in my work. Our stories and thoughts express who we are, show how we might connect. My love of folk art is rooted in my Polish heritage, with inspiration from other cultural influences and styles.
My artistic practice has developed over the years, often a meditative process, flowing with the paints and pencils I use. With a focus on hand (traditional) illustration, I create with drawn, painted and printed processes using a range of paper based materials. I love the tactile, textural qualities of working 'hands on' in this way.
A recent addition to my portfolio however is purely digital - creating folk art, nature images using some of my many photographs. Taken when I'm out and about on walks, they are a source of inspiration (my lovely dog is very patient when I keep stopping!).
Projects have included book illustration, publications, educational resources and bespoke commissions. I love opportunities to share art with others and have worked with local school children to facilitate art sessions linked to curriculum and to encourage confidence to be creative.
Community is important to me and I endeavour to offer my art in some way to support community needs including art fundraisers and small, mural projects. Art connects us in so many ways and can play a positive role in our wellbeing.
I currently sell a small selection of original artwork and decor, created in addition to my illustration work, via my online Etsy shop. And a selection of cards via Thortful. For behind the scenes insights and updates follow me on @ninalazarski_illustration_art
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