Born in Caerleon, Wales in 1971, Nick Trotman left school at sixteen without a clear direction for his career but became a very successful sales person, working for BT plc for 15 years. During this time he continued to draw as a hobby always thinking that he would prefer to do more with his ability. Finally after reading a book about Jack Vettriano’s journey into the art world he decided to take the whole thing more seriously and began to teach himself to paint in every spare moment he could find.
After winning a cash prize at a local art exhibition in Pershore, Worcestershire, with his painting of the Grand Canal in Venice he decided to further test public opinion of his work by hosting a solo exhibition at his local library. This was a resounding success and in 2008 he decided to give up his sales career and focus entirely on developing his art taking his work to trade shows from Worcester to Brighton.
Since this time Nick’s work has developed consistently and his focus has turned primarily to paintings which depict the surfing lifestyle or at the very least have an aquatic theme. He has also been instrumental in founding the Tiger Arts Community Gallery with his partner, which promotes the work of new and emerging artists in the three counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Nick Trotman is represented by the Tiger Arts Gallery and his work can be found exhibited there as well as on-line. He is a strong believer in the importance of taking responsibility for social and environmental change and took the decision in 2009 to donate 10% of the profit made from any painting sold to charity and promoting the idea that small changes multiplied by many can represent significant change as first made evident to him when he was introduced to the All At Once programme.
Nick currently resides in Malvern, Worcestershire, with his partner Tanya and divides his time between work, looking after his children, surfing, riding his bike and of course painting.
Courtesy of the artist’s website.