about studio Nikulinsky


studio Nikulinsky is a family partnership between Philippa Nikulinsky, self-taught watercolour artist, and Angela Nikulinsky, self-taught businesswoman and Philippa's daughter in law.

Angela founded studio Nikulinsky in 2017 to share her mother-in-law's amazing and extensive catalogue of works through quality, thoughtful, sustainable, locally made products in the hopes of people seeing the natural world through Philippa's eyes.

Philippa Nikulinsky AM

Philippa’s career focuses on a lifetime fascination with the flora and fauna of the arid lands of Western Australia.

For nearly 50 years, Philippa has travelled throughout this enormous state to record, draw and paint its phenomenal natural history. She’s shared her gift for watercolour painting through her teaching, exhibitions and commissioned works. She’s also the author of many books published by Fremantle Press.

In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Philippa was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016 and Honorary Doctorate (UWA) in 2019.

She opens her studio by appointment only, and original paintings and fine art reproductions of Philippa’s work are available through her website here

Angela Nikulinsky

Angela is a writer and designer. Originally from New Zealand, she moved to Perth over a decade ago and developed a strong connection with this place.

Inspired by Philippa’s work and work ethic, Angela started studio Nikulinsky in 2017. Angela is married to the youngest of Phillipa’s four sons, and they have two daughters. She loves that this business is based on connection with family that broadens and supports Philippa’s legacy, while also showing her daughters what women can do whilst supporting their families.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, Professional Writing and Publishing (Curtin), and a Graduate Diploma in Writing and Literature (Deakin).


From January 2021, a tree is planted for every order placed. This is carried out by Carbon Neutral, a Perth company. Trees are placed in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, located in Western Australia's northern agricultural region approximately 400 km north of Perth.

I'm proud to report 1,677 trees have been purchased since this initiative began in January 2021.

  • Recycling

    Many wholesale customers choose to order cards with cello sleeves in order to protect their products from handling damage, water and dust in their shopfronts. These sleeves are recyclable through the REDcycle Program. You can find your nearest REDcycle bin here.

  • Packaging

    Wherever possible, plastic, bubble wrap, tissue and cardboard from incoming packages are reused to pack studio Nikulinsky orders. Compostable packaging bags by Hero Packaging and cardboard mailing boxes form the basis for much of studio Nikulinsky parcels - I encourage recipients to reuse these materials. Biodegradable tape is used to seal boxes.

  • Printing

    studio Nikulinsky prints with a Perth-based company that has a high environmental standard. Cards are now transitioning to 100% recycled stock, while the inks remain vegetable-based.