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We met a living artistic genius – Nicola Taylor. Yes, theee Nicola Taylor. Now for those who don’t know, I’m a student of ART. Art nearly drove me insane, which is why I spend my time making investment look beautiful. It took a lot of composure for me not to fan out (you know, scream and cry like those girls do for One Direction) when she invited us to her studio and allowed me to take a few pictures of some unreleased work.

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Nicola Taylor is beautiful, talented and a ridiculously intelligent woman. I couldn’t believe the extent of her emotional intelligence and depth. I spent most of the time in our interview pretending like I was taking notes, but all I was writing was “OMG!! Brilliant!!“

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We spoke a little about her background. She has a wonderful education. Nicola studied in Italy, England, and she also has a BCom PPE from UCT.

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To Nicola, her Art is a way of life. She lives, breathes and eats Art. Through this wonderful journey she has been able to explore and grow in her understanding of life and creation. The common thread in her work is her fascination with nature, and its beauty. Her thought is fueled by trying to understand the consciousness behind the physical world – the concept of aliveness and of life.

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Nicola recalls a story where she was siting in a bus and her life’s purpose came to her. She remembers thinking, “You need to create beauty.” It was in that moment that she truly knew what she had been put on this earth to do.

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The advice that Nicola has for anyone is to “follow your bliss”. It’s that little thing inside that gets you excited. She allows herself to follow the element of the unknown and to trust above her own knowledge. She realised long ago that she would have to be true to herself and to trust her own judgment.

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