Girl Crush : Nina Brooke
Nina Brooke is a UK-based artist who paints aerial perspectives of the world’s most beautiful places.
Her tropical beach scenes capture a heady mix of sea and surf culture in Cornwall, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and beyond.
A mix of wanderlust and adventure … we fell in love with her world and her lifestyle.
Scroll down to discover how!
Where are you from Nina?
Hi! I grew up in a small town called Rock on the north coast of Cornwall, UK.
This is where I’ve learned surfing and enjoyed being in the water since being a little one.
What is your daily routine?
I’m up by 7am and pack the car with my longboard and wetsuit, then drive to my local surf spot Polzeath.
Once I return home from a surf, I’m on my laptop to catch up with admin before I head to the studio, which is just over the footpath from my house. I work alone here until 5pm with lots of breaks and interruptions in between.
After a studio session, I spend time with my family and new puppy - Roti.
If there’s still daylight, I head back to the beach for an evening wave slide.
How would you describe your art?
My Aerial Seascapes are Playful and colourful with energy and movement. Layered up with paint over time, these pieces are carefully considered both in abstract form and tone to create paintings that make you understand how humans spend their time on planet earth.
How would you describe your style?
My work is Loose, Playful, Escapist, Voyeuristic and Satalitic, remote yet intimate.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Flakey, vague and unpredictable.
If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you be?
Right here, right now. Costa Rica - I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!
How important are the ocean and the surf culture in your life?
I’ve been raised by ocean lovers who sailed the world together. My parents took me on my first crossing when I was 2 weeks old - so the Sea became my second home. The ocean plays such a huge part in Human life, and that’s what I like to mirror in my work: a reflection of Planet Earth’s gift.
Can you tell us about your best surf experience?
Trying to reenact moments from Endless Sumer in Costa Rica with party wave crossovers. It was so much fun to get that perfect transition of flow between two riders moving up and down the wave.
What’s your favorite meal?
Breakfast Smoothie Bowl.
An inspiring account to follow?
@ Heather Day
Your next trip?
New York City, Mantauk
Your essentials for travelling?
Paints, Canvas, Bikinis and of course... your girlfriends!
Shots by Evie Johnstone
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