Nina Brooke’s jewel-like paintings of the sea, beaches and shorelines capture a unique aerial perspective of the world’s most picturesque places. These vibrant birds-eye-views evoke memories of being by the ocean and they create a focal point in any interior. Architects, designers and collectors from all over the world are enjoying these colourful scenes - from Cornwall to the Caribbean via Sri Lanka, France, Ibiza, Australia and the USA.
Nina grew up between the rugged North Cornwall coast and the azure tropics of The Caribbean. From both sides of the Atlantic, the rolling swell and crystal-clear bays have played a vital role in her creative development. From her studio in Rock, Cornwall, you can practically hear the waves breaking and the scent of the sea filters into each colourful canvas.
Take a tour of Nina’s studio . photographs by Evie Johnstone
“This is where I have been painting for the past 10 years, developing my style as an artist. This space is for experimenting and recreating subjects of interest, predominantly the majestic sea, as seen from above. I am drawn the watery depths and the mysterious colours. The inky blues and sparkling greens are forever changing and they represent a constant creative adventure. I use different mediums like oil, acrylic and watercolour mixed with various textures to keep my work fresh. My favourite point of view is an aerial perspective, and I have been working on a series of paintings based on a bird's eye view of some of the worlds most beautiful places.” Nina Brooke, 2017
When she’s not in Cornwall, Nina travels the world looking for inspiration. Recent projects have taken her to Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and America’s east coast - with each place providing a unique set of colours, aerial views and seascapes to inspire new work.
Nina was a keen artist at school and soon after her A Levels she was invited to show at a gallery in Cork St, London alongside two contemporary art luminaries (and fellow Brynaston School alumni) : Lucien Freud and Howard Hodgkin. This early introduction into the high end of the art world encouraged Nina to pursue her talents further and her studies led her to Oxford Brookes and Falmouth Art School, where she started refining her style and appreciation for capturing the sea in paint. Nina also attended courses at the respected Newlyn Art School and was trained by some of Cornwall’s finest professional artists in the art of gesture, colour and textural abstraction.