Dolson's art has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur,
in American Art Collector and in Southwest Art Magazines. She has
received a Finalist award in the Art Renewal Centre International
Salon Competition for her Still Life, Nindewemaganug.
She has twice been juried into the American Women Artists Spring
Online Show for Associate Members, an organization of which she
has been deemed Associate with Distinction.
Nicole is excited to have been chosen to be part of
the Healing Portraits documentary. This film explores the experience
of three different exiles, hoping to influence their journey of
healing through the painting of their portraits by three different
Nicole s love of the arts was originally focussed
on music. She holds a BMus, a MEd and an ARCT and worked many years
as a musician and educator. During this time, 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.
Nicole began a more direct focus on visual art in
2000 first studying watercolour with Joan Ng. She then attended
the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, of which she is a graduate
and where she studied with Juan Martinez. From this strong foundation,
Nicole has continued to hone her craft through workshops and through
private lessons with artists she particularly respects.
Her subject choices are eclectic in nature and reflective
of her personal connection to the message. Her work is continually
evolving with each painting. This is something that she celebrates
recognizing the importance of on-going dynamic exploration and growth.
Nicoles various artworks and in particular, her commissioned
portraits and her Koi paintings, are enjoyed in several private
collections in both Canada and the US. She occasionally provides
art instruction in her Burlington studio.
She has particularly valued the words of her artist
friend and respected colleague, Guennadi Kalinine, Regardless
of the subject, your work has soul!
"I love to paint and am very grateful to have
become a painter.
Working in oil, I find that each new painting moves
me in a different direction and hope that this will always be so.
While subject matter varies for me, I do have some lasting favourites,
with portraits ranking high. 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.
preference is to paint from life. However, fish, birds and young
children generally do not pose for very long. I also recognize that
we live in a technological age that Leonardo would have embraced.
Along with my own photos, I am grateful to family and friends who
have very kindly shared their photos with me as inspiration for
my paintings. Thank you to Louise Boucher, Sheila Leighton, L. Lachowskyj,
RB, J & T and my husband, John, for the support expressed by
your generous sharing of your photos".