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.


  • 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)


Nicole Dolson’s art has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and in the annual Special Still Life Feature of American Art Collector Magazine. Her still life, “Nindewemaganug” received a Finalist award in the Art Renewal Centre 2014 Annual International Salon Competition. Her painting, “Koi Pond”, has been juried into the American Women Artists 2016 Spring Online Show for Associate Members.

Nicole’s love of the arts was originally focussed on music. Her multi-faceted career has included work as an organist and accompanist (piano), teaching in her music studio and in the public education sector, choral direction and vocal direction for young people’s musical theatre. Nicole holds a BMus, a MEd and an ARCT. While working as a musician and educator, Nicole nourished her love of the visual arts by creating fibre artwork with several of her wall hangings having been exhibited in corporate settings. Mural painting in both private homes and public settings has also been an area of tremendous pleasure.

As a long-time student of art history, Nicole began a more direct focus on visual art in 2000 first studying watercolour. She then attended the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, of which she is a graduate. From this strong foundation, Nicole has continued to hone her craft through workshops and through the study of the works of artists she particularly respects. Her eclectic subject choices always reflect her personal connection to the message and often a sense of whimsy. Nicole’s art has been shown in various group exhibitions in Canada and the US. Her artworks and in particular her commissioned portraits, are enjoyed in several private collections.

Nicole occasionally provides art instruction in her Burlington studio. She is a founding member of The ‘Get Real’ Artists – a group of contemporary realist artists.

Artist’s Statement

“I love to paint portraits, still life, genre and landscape in oil. 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. Whatever the subject, I always look for that essential quality of light that draws the eye, radiates vitality and inspires awe. Art will be a life-long journey, striving to connect with the inspiring energy of our shared creative spirit.”