NISHLA Design

Fine Art

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
— Thomas Merton

XHOSA WOMAN | Indian Ink, Acrylic and Watercolor on Paper | 28 x 40 in.

Executed almost entirely with brushed on Indian Ink, this piece ties together the qualities and ideals that I value and honor in women: strength, focus, resilience, and determination. "Xhosa Woman" presents these qualities without apology, in a simple but profound way. Though the woman may be standing still, here, we can see the resolve and strength in her to move forward and it almost compels viewers to enter in and walk with her. I find inspiration for this piece from the timeless wealth of African culture and history, both modern and past. And I love the interplay of rhythmic brushstrokes and carefully-layered ink textures that harmonize to reveal the strong and proud Xhosa Woman.


Original fine art works of Nigel Lawrence

As a Caribbean native of Trinidad & Tobago, Nigel was exposed to the captivating vibrancy of colors from an early age. Always sketching and drawing as a child, he was deeply attracted to architectural design. Working primarily with pen & ink, watercolors and acrylics, Nigel enjoys using art to depict the strength and significance of family, the rhythm of life and music, and the beauty of God's creation. He is drawn to the creative richness of intricate patterns, to bold, overlapping geometric shapes, vibrant colors and also to expressing simplified forms as emphasized in minimalism. More than simply creating beautiful works of art, his vision is to use his artistic gift to powerfully affect others and to promote social transformation.

See available prints online at SaatchI Art gallery to add to your collection


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SOUTH AFRICAN PRINCESS | Pen & Ink with Watercolor on Paper | 19 x 24 in.

The beauty, poise and grace of a South African princess is captured here, presenting a moment of peace and serenity for her. Executed in a stippled style, I embraced the challenge of capturing the various textures of skin, jewelry, hair, and neck beads with Indian Ink artist pens mixed with watercolor. Artist pens enable me to capture the intrigue of all the subtle details of this work and working with the medium is even more dynamic when combining with the vibrancy of watercolors. Viewers may find themselves on a journey, into her gaze or into her thoughts to consider what brings such peace to this elegant princess.


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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh


It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
— Nelson Mandela