Towards the end of a disastrous school career, Nikki was invited to join a History of Art class, and a new world opened.
While pursuing a career in Community Work, and then Ordination, he kept up his reading and continued to loiter in Art Galleries. He gained a First Class Degree in Art History and in Aesthetics from the Open University, and won the University of Gloucestershire Prize for his work on Art and Theology.
Nikki grew to believe passionately in the humanising power of Art. He also realised that, at the same time, many people felt excluded from it. He set about changing that. During his Parish ministry he began to give talks and quiet days about Art as something which would bring out the image of God in us. He led gallery and exhibition tours.
But it was remark by his spiritual director which set him on a path of discovering Art as a place where we meet with God. This conviction has developed and is expressed in one of his early publications Fingerprints: Finding God in Human Creativity.
Nikki retired in 2018 and now lives on the south coast of England. Since then he has been a speaker at local Art Galleries and created a website Loving Art. He has also self-published a number of booklets online.