As a Peace Corps science teacher in Samoa, I taught myself to paint while living in a thatched hut without running water or electricity. I painted portraits of villagers in oil on canvas. In 1976, I moved to Indonesia and built my “bamboo dream house” in an abandoned rice paddy. After a decade abroad, I returned to America and began a career as a wildlife artist. My first painting of a duck placed second in the $2,000,000 Federal Duck Stamp competition (1,637 entries). I won several state competitions and exhibited in numerous museums around the world. In 1985, Ducks Unlimited named me Artist of the Year. Longing to be a contemporary painter, I searched for a concept that had not been done before. One afternoon, while sitting in my basement studio, I stared at the paint-splattered cinderblock walls and observed their beauty for the first time. I had found my muse. My paintings of concrete blocks and cinder block walls have been shown in many museum exhibitions and have been purchased by collectors worldwide. In 2010, I won the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. My painting “Monday” is included in the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, Miami.
Nolan's ArtPrize Entries
These are Nolan's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Nolan's Past Work
These are images of past work that Nolan has done.