Born in London in 1965, British artist Nicola Heindl grew up outside of the city, but returned to study illustration at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. After college, she launched her career as a commercial artist, working as an illustrator and occasional designer for everything from greeting cards and book jackets to newspapers and magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire.

A little over ten years ago, however, Heindl stopped doing free-lance commissions to work almost exclusively for Putumayo World Music. While visiting New York, Heindl met Dan Storper, Putumayo co-founder and CEO, through a mutual acquaintance that was working at Putumayo. Storper had purchased Heindl’s greeting cards in the past and greatly admired her work. He initially commissioned a poster from her, and the relationship evolved from there.

Nicola has painted more than 100 colorful album covers for Putumayo World Music. She interprets Putumayo’s music through simple lines, bold colors, and lively scenes that capture the cultures represented on each album. An avid traveler herself, Nicola has been able to witness many of these cultures first-hand and frequently draws on her own experiences for inspiration. Her sketchbooks include drawings from trips to India, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Morocco, Tanzania, Panama and numerous European countries.

Heindl, her husband and two young sons recently returned to London after residing in Spain for five years. While in Spain they owned a small olive grove just south of Barcelona and produced organic olive oil in their spare time. In addition to her commercial artwork, Heindl also enjoys painting in oils and watercolors.