WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 1ST PRIZE – $3,000
Nicola Wheston trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England and at the Nova Scotia College of Art. For the first twelve years of her art career, Nicola worked as a printmaker, specializing in intaglio printing. It was during this period that she produced prints for artists from Canada, the US and the UK. For the last thirty years, Nicola has worked as a full-time painter where her focus has been both figurative and landscape painting. Nicola paints from direct observation; her landscape is plein-air, and her figurative works are undertaken directly from the live model. For her recent “Stuff Series,” Nicola built a complete “set” before undertaking each painting.
Tailgate Party | 48″ x 42″ | Oil on canvas
“Tailgate Party” reflects the lifetime we spend consuming and hoarding. We see the reality of how much we throw out in our consumer society when the end of life comes. What is left goes to the landfill. The next generation comes along to dispose of it, and the cycle begins again.