Off the Cuff: Lara Nicholls

Illustrator of What Dog Is THAT? Lara Nicholls is a lover of art, history, music, philosophy, theology and really good linen

My secret pleasure is ... listening to country music.

My first job was ... working as a dog groomer!

My most annoying habits are ... an inability to keep things tidy.

A clear childhood memory is ... my fifth birthday party. Mum made a butterfly cake with blue icing.

What makes me really nervous is ... Nothing really! Maybe heights, but I have learned not to worry so much about things so as to get nervous.

The best advice my parents gave me was ... Manners are important!

If I wasn't an illustrator, I'd be ... a flight attendant for a bit, just to see what it’s like, then I would be an astronaut.

I'm most thankful for ... my lovely family and close friends who support me wholeheartedly.

My favorite meal is ... pea and ham soup with mum’s home-baked bread.

I know it's good for me, but I hate ... cleaning.

A book I love is ... Anne of Green Gables, for sentimental reasons.

A song that resonates is ... Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.

My 'happy place' is ... when I am making something, when I am with friends or family or when I get to watch a beautiful sunset.

My most embarrassing memory is ... in the height of my early teens, my family hired rather unfashionable bicycles with front baskets for a family ride along the foreshore of Kirra Beach. Coupled with the rather dorky hotel-issued bicycle helmet my parents insisted I wear, I felt mortified as I rode past strapping young surfers!

My hidden skill is … I make my own clothes!

If I was a dog, I'd be a ... Golden Retriever, or a Groodle.

It's a bit corny but I love ... ‘When Harry Met Sally’, any day of the week.

I'm most at peace when ... I am creating.

A country I'd love to visit … Denmark.

Favourite quote ... “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”— C.S Lewis

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