Nicole Dolson


Nicole 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 portraitists.

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. Nicole’s 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.

My 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".


Ontario Society of Artists 2020 Online Juried Exhibition
The Artist's Mark, BFAA Juried Exhibit, 2019, 2020
A Second Stroke, Lachowskyj exhibition, 2018, 2019
Solo Portrait Exhibit, Fireside Lounge at the AGB, 2018
Dundas Museum “Keeping It Real!” 2017
AGB Juried Shows 2013, 2014, 2016
AGB Garden & Kaleidoscope Exhibits 2017
American Women Artists 2016 & 2017
Spring Online Juried Show for Associate Members
Joseph D. Carrier Gallery 2014
Galleria 814 - 2014
Academy of Realist Art, Toronto -2008 – 2014
Art Renewal Centre 2014 Annual International Salon

Associations (*juried membership)

*American Women Artists
*The Art Renewal Centre
*Federation of Canadian Artists
*Oil Painters of America
*Portrait Society of America
*Women’s Art Association of Canada
Burlington Fine Arts Association
Hamilton Artists Inc.