Meet the Islanders - Nic West

Artist and DJ at Quay FM

I first visited and fell in love with Alderney four years ago. It’s a unique and beautiful place, not far from the UK but it feels like a step back in time with its easy going pace of life and sense of community. I moved to the island permanently three years ago. My relocation meant leaving city life behind and starting an exciting new adventure. Alderney is a great place to live. The island has a lot to offer. It’s different, it has beautiful uncrowded beaches, visible reminders of an interesting history and a laid back lifestyle.

When I moved to the island part of my plan was to become a full time artist.

My studio/home is an old glass palm house on top of one of the Victorian forts. The building has panoramic sea views and is exposed to the elements, it’s an amazing place to be. My surroundings, exploration of the rugged coastline and dramatic light provide creative inspiration. Sea, storms and coastal textures are suggested in my abstract art. Since I started painting opportunities have appeared, I had a solo exhibition in Jersey’s premier gallery alongside works by well known artists Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake and John Hoyland and last year my work was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

The island naturally lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle, kayaking, hiking, cycling, swimming. It’s a great place to be all year round whether you’re here for the fun-packed Alderney Week or wild wintery days. There are lots of events and clubs to get involved in and opportunities to try something new. Recently I trained to be a voluntary presenter for ‘Quay FM’ the island’s radio station and now  have my own radio programme several times a week - something which wouldn’t have happened if I’d stayed in the UK!