Nicky Hartley is inspired by the human form and the relationship to its internal and external environment. She also draws on colours and subject matter that stimulates a sense of well being. Nicky has initiated many artistic projects, gathering people from all walks of life, along with teaching nuns in Thailand, women in the remote African village of Weya in Zimbabwe, children in Romania, mothers, artists and therapists.

Originating from Uganda and working her way around the globe she has exhibited in the UK and Australia and here in NZ. Nicky has lived in NZ for 20 years now, alongside being a mother, she also works as a Shiatsu Therapist which influences her paintings with the nature of the internal landscape of the body.

Graduating from the UK with a BA Hons 30 years ago, she continues her journey as an artist and Shiatsu Therapist through her home studio and clinic in the lush Waitakere Ranges.

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She holds a love for the human form; its relationship to nature creates a beautiful marriage between the art she produces which relates to the figure, nature, and the shiatsu body work . A common thread between all are the flowing lines and colours she loves to include, connecting in with the shiatsu, working with the flow of the meridians and the colourful landscape within, helping to balance the energetic pathways within the body.

When teaching she likes to encourage, a meditative but fun way of exploring visually the body as a landscape. She has gathered many tools over the years to share and inspire and journey with.

Her practice in Art and Shiatsu is very much a journey, an adventure as with travelling around the world into all sorts of nooks and crannies, same same with the body internally and externally!

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.