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Nel was born in Wombourne, a small town near Birmingham in England. She was surrounded by interesting, dynamic women from an early age – from her grandmother who ran her own jewellery business in the famous jewellery quarter in Birmingham for many years, to her aunt who was in charge of restoration embroidery at Hampton Court Palace in London.
Nel has specialised in painting pastels for many years, enjoying the rich vivid colours and spontaneity of the medium. Her love of colour started in her teens when her very tolerant parents allowed her to change the décor of her room, as a consequence of which her walls were duly subjected to huge murals and carefully painted batiks. Vivid colours and a fascination with natural form and line have influenced her fine art pieces and brought her many devoted fans the world over. After leaving college her work was published by the UK’s foremost fine art publisher, Washington Green. Other companies, such as Royal Worcester and Pimpernel, soon began to use Nel’s work on their products.
She has been nominated for Best Published Artist in the UK three times and has appeared on TV in the UK on numerous occasions, most notably on Richard and Judy’s Celebrity Art Club. Her studio is situated in beautiful North Yorkshire, where she now lives in a 200 year old stone house with her husband, the writer Mark Morris, and their two children.
Nel’s interior decor is an eclectic mix of the new and the old. Contemporary art and ceramics rub shoulders with family heirlooms and treasured childhood objects. It is a soulful, creative place to live with something interesting in every corner.
Her roots have given her a keen and particular interest in textiles and design. Nel is unusual in that she is both a fine artist and a designer, and is happy to keep a foot in both camps.
Nel is best known for her vibrant florals and that is why, three years ago, she was invited to exhibit at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in London, where she was thrilled to be treated to a special visit from HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on the Royal Gala preview night. Twenty-two years earlier, Nel had received a grant from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, but this was the first time she and the Prince had ever met!
This will be Nel’s first collection with Westminster Fibres and she is looking forward to a long and happy partnership with them.