Born in Glasgow, Nardini, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, taught art in a South Lanarkshire secondary school for twenty years while still producing his own work. He still lives and works in the West of Scotland.
Nardini works with acrylic paint using a dry brush technique, painting on board working from a dark surface through to colour and light with an awareness of the effectiveness of the contrast between strong shadow and bright sunlight. He has a high regard for the paintings of the American artist Edward Hopper, initially attracted by the mystery and intrigue created by the presence of figures in his compositions. Nardini was drawn also to the drama, simplicity and timelessness of Hopper’s landscapes. He developed his landscapes and seascapes, travelling from Glasgow to Tuscany via France and Switzerland as well as visiting Southern California to create works full of a sense of place. Bright sunlight, poppy fields, terracotta roofs and sandy beaches became simple, yet evocative, shapes singing with colour.