A Newport working Studio Gallery

55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 02840

Visiting Artist

Karole Nicholson

Visiting Artist from March 1st through May 30th of 2021

Artist Biography:

“At this time in my art life journey, I embrace the discoveries of various mediums, textures and tools. My belief is that an artist’s development is a continuing sea of change. It is a process of working hand and hand with skills gained while investigating new curiosities with the goal of bringing our soulful joy to the surface. My collection of works reflect the path which I have followed since setting out on this lifelong journey which began as a child but took a front row seat in my life since the early 1990s.”

Mixed media, collage and pastel are the mediums of choice for artist Karole Nicholson. Since completing graphic and advertising design studies at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995, she has participated in many master level workshops with esteemed instructors in the United States, UK and Europe, all in pursuit of a higher level of skill. Her paintings have appeared in many national juried exhibitions and international competitions. She is a past associate member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters of Cape Cod, Connecticut Pastel Society and the New Hampshire Pastel Society and currently holds exhibiting artist memberships in the Providence Art Club and the Attleboro Arts Museum, The North River Arts Society and the Bristol Art Museum. Nicholson is represented by the Next Door Gallery in Mansfield MA and her work is often on display in the Providence Art Club galleries in Providence RI. Her works has appeared in Pastel Journal and most recently in the Artists Magazine’s 37th Annual All Media Competition with an honorable mention in the Abstract/Experimental Category.

Texture, a gentle palette and an abstract view of the her environment are the components that draw her into developing each painting. She often incorporates the use of various collage materials such as newspapers, maps, dress patterns, blueprints, fabric, cardboard, sand paper, gift wrap, hand made papers, tissue paper, rice paper, old music sheets and old catalogs. Once these archival recycled materials are coupled with acrylic paints, inks, transparent washes and water based pencils, the final canvas is sealed with matte medium and varnished. It is then that the painting asks for a signature.

Artist Statement:

My artwork depicts a lifelong connection to nature and my commitment to the protection of an endangered environment. Capturing the intimate local landscape, I interpret these scenes using a multitude of textures collaged onto canvas, paper or board.
Recycled materials allow me to tell my story while serving as a way to honor precious discards. A generous supply of newspapers, maps, magazines, patterns, blueprints, sand paper, hand made papers, tissue paper, rice paper, old music sheets and catalogues, textiles and undiscovered resources are my tools. This layering of texture is enhanced by the addition of acrylic paint, aqua media, pen, pencils and inks. This technique welcomes the use of reclaimed materials, welcoming the viewer to consider how discarded resources can support our behavior in making art.

My contemporary view of the landscape is abstracted, often appearing non-objective, yet the basis of each painting is seeded by my concern for the rapidly disappearing open space and preservation of green space. Depicting scenes that will stimulate memory and create mood serves as a tool of communication and a source of challenge. What I create is not only a reflection of who I am today; it is the sum of many parts that is tethered by the struggle and the joy of a lifetime.