as I go. I love visiting noisy cities, quiet country spots and bustling streets. Every day is a different experience, a new world to live in for the moment. My work is always 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 lets me work in all mediums and time periods.
My past experience 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 experience 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 imagining the moment together. Painting makes me want to be young again. I have everything to learn and nothing I ever want to forget.
I was a baby boomer, born Nadine L Wilson in Bird City, Kansas. I lived in western Kansas all my childhood years. My "hood" was a group of 11 boys and no girls. My father was an industrial arts teacher and a furniture builder; my mother was a first grade teacher and an oil painter. I grew up with a hammer in one hand, a paintbrush in the other and a tough kid attitude. I received a B.S.E from Emporia State University (aka KSTC) then began teaching High School theatre in Topeka, Kansas. I was married for 8+ years to a graphic designer and we spent most of our years together in Wichita, Kansas. Eventually I got involved in a large regional theatre-Music Theatre of Wichita. I worked 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’ve been in New York City ever since. I have worked for several well known New York designers as well as creating my own set and lighting designs for Off and Off Off Broadway. I have created murals for a variety of stores and private residences. My watercolors are influenced by my friends in theatre as well as my various instructors at the Art Students League, i.e. Mario Cooper, Paul Ching-Bor, Jada Rowland, Fredrick Brosen, Michael Burban and Dale Meyers. My personal photographic collection is where I find inspiration for my watercolors, and each artwork is a unique image.
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