A simple goal make pictures. Pictures that fulfill her clients needs and wants. This allows her to be an artist. this artist's favourite subject maybe horses, while her favourite activity is making pictures of everything.
Nola has been a professional visual artist since her first sale in 1967, a graphite image from life of an elderly horse in a paddock. That sale 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. She has worked across Canada, the United States and abroad.
Four Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Posters told 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, A little book of lino cuts is in its 7th printing. The Heritage Sports Project, 1521 images examine the development of equipment and playing sites of the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA from 1868 to 2013.
In 2018, again with the support of the Toronto Mounted Unit, her group of horse loving artists are studying the horses and riders from life, no cameras, at the CNE Horse Palace. The 12 week's program of 24 practical lessons are now available in book for making better pictures. Just Horses©2018 was released in January 2018
Her pictures are for those seeking works for smaller modern spaces. Domestic animals and their people, in formal or informal settings, in the home, in the barn, ring or field. Most landscape works are in Muskoka. She”s won a few awards, had a few solo and many group exhibitions along the way. Nola is a signing member of the Toronto Watercolour Society, an associate of the Society of Canadian Artists, The Editor of the Banbury Brief for The Banbury Watercolour Workshops studio program. She's also a member of The Colored Pencil Society of America and the East York Garden Club.
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.