Artist profile

A New Zealand born professional fine artist and owner of Lighthouse Gallery living in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

While studying a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor Of Design  at the University Of Otago in New Zealand, Nicola acquired her first taste for developing a career in the art world. She worked as a gallery assistant and framing advisor  for The Rosslyn Gallery, Dunedin, in 2007 where she also exhibited her first painting.  Clients commented on Nicola's technical skill as an emerging realism artist and the artwork was purchased. This affirmation was quite humbling and became a turning point in the realisation that potentially life as a full time artist could be possible.

"I was in my element amongst all of the wonderful pieces of New Zealand art, immersed in what I was passionate about. It was fantastic liaising with customers, fellow artists, refining sales strategies, setting up and designing exhibitions and marketing the business. Learning how the company was run was very interesting and inspiring for me. From this experience I knew I wanted the best of both worlds, to run my own successful commercial art gallery and also be a professional artist." - Nicola McLeay

Nicola grew up on a high country farm in West Otago in the South Island of New Zealand. A picturesque but very challenging environment from snow blizzards, spring blossoms and lush green hills. This lifestyle undoubtedly became the foundation of her appreciation for the beauty of nature and combined with her creative flair, encapsulates the artist you see today.

Predominantly Nicola is recognised both in Australia and New Zealand for her finely detailed landscape realism paintings. She continues to provide private collectors with her work internationally in USA, Europe, UK, and Asia.


Nicola McLeay

Nicola's works of art have become increasingly desirable as she displays her constantly evolving style, technical skill and eye for detail. Dealing with commercial, private collection, corporate art leasing, home staging and sales has seen her grow in reputation and demand.



Tertiary Qualifcaitons

Bachelor Of Commerce (BCom)  Majoring in Marketing Management & International Business | University Of Otago

Bachelor Of Design (BDes)  Majoring in Design Communication | Otago Polytechnic

Exhibitions, awards & features

2020  Group exhibition & live painting demo | Arthouse Industries, AU

2020  Solo exhibition | Satellite Event, ArtWalk PMQ, AU

2020 Published artist | Interview feature for August Focus Magazine, AU

2020  Group exhibition ‘Northern Exposure 6’ | Glasshouse Regional Gallery, AU

2020  Video feature interview ’Northern Exposure 6’ | Glasshouse Regional Gallery, AU

2020 Featured artist | February Bluethumb Gallery, AU

2019  Published artist | Cover artwork for Discover Magazine, AU

Exhibitions, awards & features (con't)

2019  Solo exhibition | Satellite Event, Lighthouse Gallery, ArtWalk PMQ, AU

2019 2nd place | PMQ Arts Society 43rd Easter Exhibition Open Section, AU

2019  Solo exhibition | CWA, Port Macquarie, AU

2018 1st place | PMQ Arts Society 43rd Easter Exhibition Open Section, AU

2016  Published artist | 'Artists Impressions of New Zealand' Art Calendar, NZ

2016  Published artist | 'South Island Lions Club' Art Calendar, NZ

2015  Published artist | 'Contemporary New Zealand' Art Calendar, NZ

2015  Commended | Hutchins Contemporary Art Prize, AU

2015  Commended | WCCAC The Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards, NZ

2014  2nd place | International Art Competition, USA

2014 3rd place | Australian Wilson Visual Arts Awards, AU

2013  Finalist | Australian Wilson Visual Arts Awards, AU

Representing Galleries

Art Bureau Gallery
9 Kirk Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
New Zealand
+64 9 360 8002

Art Of This World
Shop 1, 1 Queens Parade, Devonport,
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 446 0926

The Artists Room
Level One, 2 Dowling Street,
Dunedin, New Zealand
+64 3 474 1111

Arthouse Industries
1/1 Murray Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
+61 2 65 84 5443

Lighthouse Gallery
Matthew Flinders Drive,
Port Macquarie NSW Australia
+64 4 4838 0725 http://www.facebook.com/lighthousegallery.portmacquarie

Bluethumb Online Gallery
Gallery of Australian Artists https://bluethumb.com.au/nicola-mcleay

lighthouse gallery

Lighthouse Gallery is Nicola's physical exhibition space located in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. It showcases her original artworks and has a focus on sharing with the public one-off pieces that are for sale of the region and wider parts of Australia and New Zealand.

Attractive leasing options and personalised commissions are available in a range of sizes, media and mediums. Visitors are welcome to linger and absorb the beauty of Nicola McLeay’s fine art while watching a digital display of the artists process via time-lapse. The works on show change frequently as new pieces are completed fresh off the easel. Visiting the gallery can easily be arranged by appointment or when it is open for public viewing.

Lighthouse Gallery is situated at Lighthouse Beach, one kilometre south of the Tacking Point Surf Club opposite the famous Camel Safari along one of Australia's most majestic coastlines.

Open most days 10am-5pm, call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Contact Jacki for enquiries

Phone: +61 4 48380725

Email: lighthousegallery@outlook.com


Artworks will be shipped out 1-3 business days after purchase has been made, unless stated on the website. Shipping calculator can be found on the Shop page.


Australian Post is used for smaller works. For Larger works Nicola prefers to use DHL or Pack & Send.


Every country has its own import duty and customs regulations. Getting the official paperwork right is imperative for a smooth delivery. Nicola is not responsible for any Custom fees that your country may request in order to release the goods.

Personalied Commissions

An approximate quote based on weight and size can be given pre-commencement of a commission. The final price will be given once the work is packaged and ready for shipment.

*Due to COVID 19 ongoing airline and customs delays are likely. It is highly recommend to use an international courier which includes tracking & signature on delivery + full insurance cover.



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