Nicky Morgan (nee Birkbeck) was born in 1962 in Leicestershire and was educated at Tudor Hall and Exeter Art College, whence she obtained a B. A. (Hons) in Fine Art, having specialised in ceramics and produced a dissertation on John Skeaping, whose style she has always admired and resembled, capturing movement and expression. She had commenced teaching herself long before this, however, drawing on the walls on her side of the bedroom she shared with her sister, and with felt pens on her grandmother’s best linen.
Her family took over Kinmount House from her grandmother in 1972 and she has lived in Dumfriesshire ever since, farming at Mainholm, Hoddom. A keen horsewoman, she was Master of the Dumfriesshire Foxhounds for 18 years and has ridden in B. E. events for many years. Professionally, she mainly works on commissions of dogs and horses, but also draws and paints wherever she goes, including of trips across Kenya, Romania, etc. on a horse, and of bull fighting in France and Spain. Her principal mediums are watercolour, pastels and gouache, though she does paint in oil as well. She made the sculpture of Peter Pan at the newly opened Moat Brae.
Her husband, however, complains she underuses her talent and does not charge enough either.