Nicole Dolson

Profile At A Glance

Nicole Dolson works in oil and various drawing mediums with a commitment to working from direct observation.  She is based in Burlington, Ontario where she works on portraiture, still life, landscape and genre paintings.  Nicole also teaches both privately and in small groups.

Education

  • Graduate of the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto
  • First studied Watercolour with Joan Ng
  • Student of Juan Carlos Martinez
  • Colour Theory Studies with Douglas Flynt
  • Intensive workshops with Gregg Kreutz, Jeff Hein
  • Year-long participant in painting program, ArtCritAcademy with David Kassan
  • MusBac, MEd, ARCT

Exhibitions

  • Solo Portrait Exhibit, AGB, 2018
  • Dundas Museum, “Keeping it Real”, 2017
  • American Women Artists 2016 Spring Online Juried Show for Associate Members
  • Burlington Fine Arts Association, “Hall of Art” Solo Exhibition, Dec. 2014
  • Joseph D. Carrier Gallery – The New Masters Exhibition – Oct. 2014
  • Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Fine Arts Association Juried Exhibition 2013, 2014
  • Galleria 814, Toronto – New Masters Exhibition – July, 2014
  • Academy of Realist Art, Toronto – Juried Spring Exhibition and Sale 2014, Dec. Exhibitions 2008 – 2014
  • Art Renewal Centre 2014 Annual Salon Competition – *Finalist award in Still Life Category for “Nindewemaganug”
  • Triffiletti and Szabo Studios Exhibition in conjunction with Pearl Company Art Bus Tours 2009

Associations  (* juried membership)

Biography

Nicole Dolson’s love of the arts was primarily focussed on music in her earlier years.  This led her to earn an ARCT and a Mus Bac.  An M.ED was added along the way together with a very rewarding career in music and education.  Her multi-faceted work has included teaching in her music studio and in the public sector, choral direction and vocal direction for young people’s musical theatre.

As a long-time student of art history, Nicole turned her focus to Art in 2000 studying Watercolour with Joan Ng. Seeking to further her studies in fine art, specifically drawing and painting, she then attended the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto of which she is a graduate. Nicole is committed to continuing to expand her approach to painting through personal exploration and learning from artists whose work provides inspiration.

Her eclectic subject choices can often reflect her sense of whimsy and always her personal connection to the message. Whatever the subject, Nicole always looks for that essential quality of light that draws the eye, radiates vitality and inspires awe. For her, art will be a life-long journey, striving to connect with the inspiring energy of our shared creative spirit.

Nicole’s art has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and in the annual Special Still Life Feature of American Art Collector Magazine.  She has received a Finalist award in the Art Renewal Centre 2014 Annual Salon Competition for her Still Life, “Nindewemaganug”.

She is a founding member of The ‘Get Real’ Artists – a group of contemporary realist artists.

Artist’s Statement

“I love to paint and am very grateful that my life journey has gifted me with this experience of creativity.

Working in oil, all manner of subjects provide inspiration. Formulas will never work for me, hence the eclectic nature of my work: portraits, city or water ‘scapes’, wildlife and still life. I believe this also reflects my interest in the world around us and the energy I seek to bring to my art.  Commonplace objects or situations that resonate universal meaning and speak of the quality of connectedness draw me in. I am often motivated by either a humorous or a mysterious interpretation of the subject; certainly, there will always be a personal connection to the story or an investigation of the human experience in a face. Whatever the subject, I always look for that essential quality of light that draws the eye, radiates vitality and inspires awe.

May art be a life-long journey, striving to connect with the inspiring energy of our shared creative spirit.”