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.


  • 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


  • 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)


Nicole Dolson’s art has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, in the annual “Special Still Life Feature” of American Art Collector Magazine and in a “Women in Art” feature in Southwest Art. She has been awarded Finalist in the Art Renewal Centre 2014 Annual International Salon and has twice been juried into the American Women Artists Spring Online Show for Associate Members (2016 & 2017). She has been named Associate with Distinction of the AWA.

Often sought out for her portraiture, Nicole is an oil painter whose work also includes such eclectic subjects as cityscapes, birds, Koi fish and all manner of surprises. Her art has been shown in various group exhibitions in Canada and the US and is enjoyed in several private collections.

Originally a native of Hamilton, Nicole has been a Burlington resident for many years. She provides art instruction in her Burlington studio.

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.”