Nicola Green is an English portrait artist who rose to prominence in the late 1990s, earning international acclaim for her keen ability to draw out the essence of her subject, whether observing an individual or exploring wider social and cultural issues. She seeks to reveal human stories by creating her finished work from extensive primary material. It was a pleasure to meet her at the critically-acclaimed Diaspora Pavilion in Venice. As an artist and a mentor of the project, she warmly explained to me her experiments with pattern, collage and repetition, colour and composition rendering the final form. Important to note: «In the last ten years she started to apply her own interests and experience in her work to embrace social themes of identity, faith, power and leadership.» Her gorgeous works under the title ‘Bate Bola’ are good examples of such kind of move.