Nadien Cole, ASA, CSPWC
Art has been my life. I enjoy a challenge – that is why the majority of my images are created in watercolour. My aim is to create a mood or feeling in my paintings and drawings. I always think of the moment in time I am capturing and its importance to me and those around me. To sit in a field and paint, to feel the sun, rain, wind and even snow is a wonderful feelings. It’s my purpose, my obsession.
I have worked in the Applied Arts field since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in 1974. I have taken instruction in several media from numerous internationally known artists.
I am a Full member of The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) and have served on several committees and Provincial Council as Provincial President from 2009 – 2010, Secretary from 2011 – 2013 and South Branch Chair from 2002 – 2003. I am an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC). I have been a member of The Calgary Artists’ Society (CAS) since 1984 and have been President from 1998-1990 and from 1999-2000, and have served on several committees including CAS Exhibition, and Art Walk. I am also a member of the Alberta College of Art and Design alumni.
I have had several solo exhibitions in Calgary, Bragg Creek and Edmonton. I have been a gallery artist at Made In Canada Gallery in Edmonton, The Centennial Gallery in Calgary, The Alley Cat Gallery in Bragg Creek and the BP Canada Gallery in Calgary. I exhibit regularly in society shows and at the Leighton Art Centre. I have been part of several Open Show exhibitions in Alberta and my works have travelled with the Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA) and ASA in inter-provincial exhibitions. My works were included in the Olympic Arts Festival, which was part of the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988.
The major awards that I have won are: Creative Catalyst award, 2013 – Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour MIC design competitions 2008, 2009, and 2010: First Place Calgary Craftsman Association Design Award: Corporate Image International Gallery, GPRN, Silver Award for Catalogue Design Calgary Craftsman Association, National Award for Brochure Design.
Workshops, demonstrations, critiques and artist-in-residence programs are all a part of my teaching portfolio. I have travelled to several locations in Alberta, teaching both children and adults.
You can see my artwork on the cover of “9 Essential Life Skills” by Zorka Hereford. My work is published in several ASA catalogues: The Forest Show, Small is All, Memory and Identity, Reflections, 70th Anniversary Exhibition, and the book “ASA – The First Seventy Years” by K. E. Simon. Catalogues by the CSPWC Open Water ’09 and Open Water 2013 also hold my images.
My works can be found in many private collections in Canada, Europe & Australia.