Nolan, born in Berkeley, CA and living in Hillsboro, NM, has been a painter, calligrapher and graphic artist for over 55 years. She quit her last ‘job’ in 1969 and has made her living off her art ever since.
Nolan lived in Santa Fe, NM for ten years when she moved to northern California in 1991 where she met her sculptor husband. He is now deceased, and she remains working and loving southern NM.
Her education was primarily in CA at El Camino City College and UCLA. She also got scholarships to attend month long art workshops in AZ and at the Santa Fe Institute for the Arts, working with painter, Nathan Oliveira and printmaker, Garner Tullis. She also schooled in Italy. She has lived for short times in France, Italy and Mexico in work related environments.
Nolan’s work is in numerous prestigious collections, such as the Sol & Carol LeWitt, Diane Denish, Sen. Patrick Johnston (CA), musician Glen Hansard, musician Fergus O’Farrell collections and resorts, spas and hotels throughout our country.
This series, BLOOMS, needed to be painted to get me away from the general news of the day and dealing with my husband’s health problems at the time. The blooms were very fulfilling to paint. It was a time for me to get back to abstracted representational work. It was also a time for me to delve into more color and lightness than works previously painted. I am forever grateful to these blooms and the paint, crayons d’ache and charcoal for seeing me though this series.