Nick Stobart was born on a farm in Zimbabwe and finished all his schooling there. He spent his childhood days bare foot and running free on the farm with his three brothers and sister.
This is where my passion and love for the bush developed” says Nick. He trained as a teacher, and then taught for many years before becoming a headmaster. He left teaching to go farming and remained farming until his farm was repossessed by the Zimbabwean Government in 2002.
Nick and his wife Laura then moved to the South Coast of South Africa where they both moved back into the teaching world. Nick later left teaching and started up his own art gallery, selling original works of art, art supplies and becoming heavily involved in teaching art to both adults and children. Says Nick, “I felt as though I was now in heaven. My two greatest passions in life united. Teaching and painting. How much luckier could a man be?
Nick has always painted, but turned professional after a series of painting lessons and strong encouragement from two of the world’s most highly rated artists, Craig Bone and Rob Macintosh. Nick’s paintings are sold all over the world and can be seen in many private collections, hotels, business premises and private homes.
Nick, having moved back to Zimbabwe in 2012, says of his paintings and subject matter, “I have a limitless passion for Africa and all its complexities. I am drawn by its harshness yet incredible beauty. My soul is captured by its wide open spaces, limitless skies and the sense of freedom it invokes in me whenever I am wandering in the bush.” I spend my life trying to capture that whenever I am painting, and if am able to pass on even a little of that passion to the people who view my work, then I have been part of sharing something that is so very, very special to me.”
Nick paints and runs art classes from his home studio in Marondera. He is also incredibly privileged to be able to teach private art classes at The Peterhouse Group of Schools.