Nicola Read was born in Hong Kong and is now settled in Derbyshire. As a child Nicola Read was encouraged to draw and paint by her parents who were both artists. She attended an academic school which left her creatively frustrated, she then went on to study photography at college. She believes that it was through her photographic studies that she developed a keen eye for naturally occurring and geometric shapes.
Following college Nicola Read went to work in the creative industry undertaking a variety of jobs from PR, marketing, advertising and graphic design. It was around this time that a close friend that encouraged Nicola to take up painting again. Nicola Read began to receive private commissions and business owners requiring original artwork for their premises.
Nicola believes that is was her family responsible for her career in the art world and states, 'My whole family is very artistic and creative, from oils and watercolours through to sculpture and modelling and they have provided firm support and encouragement for the development of my paintings.'