Nola has a simple goal, make pictures. Pictures that fulfill her clients needs and wants. This allows her to be an artist. While her favourite activity is making pictures of almost anything, her favourite subject is horses,.
Her first sale in 1967, a graphite image from life of an elderly horse in a paddock, made the decision to be a Professional Artist easy. After graduating from the then studio focused Ontario College of Art in 1974 (AOCA Communications & Design) she successfully imagined, designed, built and installed seasonal décor for all the major retail chains and shopping center developers and many of Santa's local homes. At the same her sporting art portraits were placed in private collections along side the works of Cornelius Kreighoff, Tom Forestall, George McLean and Alex Coleville, across Canada, the United States and abroad. She likely the sole pure AOCA to have her Adult Education Teaching Certification 1996 (AESTC).
Four Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Posters tell the story of Canada's annual show window of agriculture. 2006 “A Royal ABC”, 2007 “75 Years of Innovation”, 2008 “Celebrating the Best of the Best”, and 2009 “A Royal 123”.
“ABC Muskoka” has gone around the world. This little book of lino cuts is now in its 7th printing.
The Heritage Sports Project, started in the millennial year 2000. A visual history of NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA from 1868 to 2018. After a hiatus the project is back, updated with over 100 new images, bringing it to over 1600 torso images. These examine the development of equipment and uniform styles in transparent watercolour. Plus 275 aerial views of the playing sites in pen & ink, updated in 2018 to include new facilities.
In 2019, again with the support of the Toronto Mounted Unit, her group of horse loving artists studied the horses and riders from life, no cameras, at the CNE Horse Palace once a week for 12 weeks. Just Horses©2018 was released in January 2018 as 24 practical lessons,
Her pictures are for those seeking works for smaller modern spaces. She works in Graphite, Pencil Crayon, Watercolour and Egg Tempera or Pen & Ink and digitally. Her images are mostly domestic animals and their people, in formal or informal settings, in the home, in the barn, ring or field or landscapes in Muskoka. She”s won a few awards, had a few solo and many group exhibitions along the way. Nola is a member of the International Watercolor Society The Colored Pencil Society of America and the East York Garden Club. Formerly editor of the Banbury Brief of the Banbury Watercolour Workshops studio program, signing member of the Toronto Watercolour Society (TWS) and associate of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC).
Make pictures everyday. Teach others the skills they need to make their pictures, better.
Create works by private treaty commission for others. They may be portraits, often they are much much, more.