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A keen landscape artist since late adolescence, Nic gained his first commission aged 17 – an epic 3 metre tableau of historic scenes of home town Havant in oils.This painting which is still on show at the Council’s offices was featured on the BBC’s catalogue of publicly owned art (now ArtUK.org).

Over the next decade, working mostly from life, Nic attempted to capture the landscape around him, even when that landscape was the city. At this time watercolours proved the ideal medium being small and portable.

In 2003 Nic returned to oils and painted two large canvasses featuring figures for the first time. The painting ‘boys in dune’ was snapped up on its first day of exhibition, and remains Nic’s most popular seller, being reproduced onto canvas. At this time a short series of landscapes in pastels was created (2003-2004).

A decade of oil painting followed before a sense of rediscovery in watercolour.

Watercolours for sale

Nic has a distinctive watercolour style – creating engaging and themed paintings for sale at reasonable cost. Filter “watercolour” in the shop.


“I regularly exhibit my work. My work is on show in public spaces like Lakeside 2000 office suite in Cosham, a local deli, Emsworth Delicatessen, a solicitor’s office in Farnborough, and my sister’s house. Above is a short vid of a show in Farnham in late 2017, where i exhibited with 5 other major artists. “

Latest shows and news!

Teaching watercolours.

Nic teaches at the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant to adults experimenting with or developing their art. Teaching 4 sessions a week. Book HERE. He has also led workshops in acrylic, digital and life drawing at The Spring.

For the tentatively curious he runs private coaching sessions of duration from 1 hour to several days. Subjects include Intro to watercolours, sketching, and further development. More courses are planned so watch this space… (sign up here)

Ipad painting of the Emsworth Deli by Nic Cowper

Digital art

Working as a graphic designer provides the tools and knowledge to create digital art. Nic’s works on screens are printed using the industry’s best possible materials, creating a valuable ‘original print’. The iPad range is really terribly popular and ideal for commissions, with its unique hybrid mannerism. You can see works on show at Treagust and Co, North Street Emsworth, and at Emworth Sailing Club, Bath Road, Emsworth. Browse digital paintings here

About Nic Cowper Photography

If you came here looking for Nic Cowper the photographer, have a look here. On these links you can view examples on Flickr, or the Facebook page for Emsworth Portrait Studio.