Art has always been a part of my life. My watercolors have something new to say to the viewer. Improvised on the urban landscape - gritty, stark, rough - engaging a deeper emotion - using shadow, texture, color, and glazes moving my art to a more complex tonality. My art evokes an emotion that helps you take the journey with me to that place, into that world.
My studio is the ever-changing world around me. I am an avid bicyclist, swimmer and walker. I do long distance bike trips and paint and photograph as I go. I love visiting noisy cities and bustling streets. Every day is a different wonder, a new world to live in the moment. My work is created from the occasion that makes it unique and with its own particular style. The style is a product of the time and place. The versatility is my signature.
My background as a theatrical set and lighting designer has allowed me to incorporate my knowledge of light and shadow, large and small-scale objects, textures and colors to culminate in the artistic drama I want the viewer to enjoy. My motivation for continuing to paint is for both you and I to escape for a moment to another place and find joy in reliving the moment together. I cherish my continuing fascination of the world and treasure my history.
Nadine is a resident studio artist at 310 ART with work space and exhibition space in the gallery.
I am a baby boomer, born in Bird City, Kansas. I lived in western Kansas throughout childhood. My "hood" was a group of 11 boys and no girls. My father was an industrial arts teacher and furniture builder; my mother was a first grade teacher and oil painter. I grew up with a hammer in one hand, a paintbrush in the other and a tough kid attitude. Eventually I got involved in a large regional theatre-Music Theatre of Wichita. I worked as a scenic artist at MTW for five years and met many designers, actors and technicians from New York.
Not long after that, I moved to Brooklyn, New York and received an MFA in theatre design from Brooklyn College. I continued to work in NYC and surrounding area for 31 years. I worked for well known New York designers as well as creating my own set and lighting designs for Off and Off-Off Broadway. I painted murals for a variety of stores and private residences. My watercolors are influenced by my theatre design as well as my various art instructors and personal friends; Mario Cooper, Paul Ching-Bor, Antonio Masi, Tim Saternow, Chi Kaplan, Carole McDermott, Jada Rowland, Fredrick Brosen, Michael Burban and Dale Meyers. My personal photographic collection is where I find inspiration for my watercolors, and each is a unique image. My watercolors have received national and international recognition in the past several years. I am a life member of the Art Students League in NYC. I am also a member of the Salmagundi Club and the National Association of Women Artists. My watercolors are now available at 310 Arts in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
Hear an online radio interview of Nadine in NYC HERE