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About the Artist

Nicole Russell is an award winning artist who loves painting in oil and watercolour. Her oil paintings show the characteristic work of the palette knife and are done with a heavy impasto layer. On the other hand she paints with watercolours because of their transparency and fluidity.

Nicole likes to paint what she sees and loves to paint outdoors (en plein air) or, when the weather is not favourable, she enjoys painting still lifes in her studio. During the painting process she watches the light reflecting between the different objects and emphasizes these light reflections in her paintings. Also, her paintings show strong contrast. Many of Nicole’s paintings are about local scenes of the Nelson/Tasman area.

In Annapolis, USA, Nicole was originally trained in drawing and watercolour painting, especially Watercolour Journaling. When she moved with her family onto their sailboat “Blue Raven” and started travelling from the USA to the Mediterranean and back through the Panama Canal to New Zealand, Watercolour Journaling was her favourite way of quickly capturing her experience on paper.

About the Artist

Nicole Russell is an artist who loves painting in oil and watercolour. Her oil paintings show the characteristic work of the palette knife and are done with a heavy impasto layer. On the other hand she paints with watercolours because of their transparency and fluidity.

Nicole likes to paint what she sees and loves to paint outdoors (en plein air) or, when the weather is not favourable, she enjoys painting still lifes in her studio. During the painting process she watches the light reflecting between the different objects and emphasizes these light reflections in her paintings. Also, her paintings show strong contrast. Many of Nicole’s paintings are about local scenes of the Nelson/Tasman area.

In Annapolis, USA, Nicole was originally trained in drawing and watercolour painting, especially Watercolour Journaling. When she moved with her family onto their sailboat “Blue Raven” and started travelling from the USA to the Mediterranean and back through the Panama Canal to New Zealand, Watercolour Journaling was her favourite way of quickly capturing her experience on paper.

Nicole has exhibited in the United States and in New Zealand. Her paintings received 2nd Prize at the Art+Music 2019 Competition, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice recognition. She has been a guest speaker on different events and accepted several commissions.

Nicole’s studio is located in Richmond/Tasman, where she teaches watercolour and oil painting in small classes. Also, she teaches Painting for All Levels, an adult education class at Waimea College, Richmond. Her artwork is permanently on exhibit at Wall To Wall Art Gallery, Nelson. She is a working artist member of the Nelson Suter Art Society, president of the Art Group Nelson, and coordinates the weekly painting locations of the plein air painters in the Nelson/Tasman area.

Nicole has exhibited in the United States and in New Zealand. Her paintings received Honorable Mention and People’s Choice recognition. She has been a guest speaker on different events and accepted several commissions.

Nicole’s studio is located in Richmond/Tasman, where she teaches watercolour and oil painting in small classes. Also, she teaches Painting for All Levels, an adult education class at Waimea College, Richmond. Her artwork is permanently on exhibit at Wall To Wall Art Gallery, Nelson. She is a working artist member of the Nelson Suter Art Society, president of the Art Group Nelson, and coordinates the weekly painting locations of the plein air painters in the Nelson/Tasman area.

Recommendation for Nicole's Art Classes

Nicole Russell is a passionate artist and has excellent teaching skills. She is personable, friendly, and explains things very clearly. She demonstrates each stage of the watercolour process and then emails the illustrations with comprehensive notes after each class. If you want to learn the techniques of how to do watercolour painting and journaling your work, Nicole is the one!  I loved every lesson and learned a huge amount.  I highly recommend her classes.

Jane Lambert
June 2018
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