STUDIO VISIT: Step into Nicola Morgan’s space

Wow what luscious wax and oil paintings Vancouver artist Nicola Morgan is now creating…real beauties!


I met Nicola a few years ago when we appeared in the first edition of Artists of British Columbia…Morgan came right before Morison in this vibrant book showcasing 36 artists. At that point Nicola was creating very colorful collage pieces which caught my eye.


Nicola’s background

Nicola was born on Vancouver Island and received an art diploma from Langara College in Vancouver, BC. She also did the summer painting program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and then completed her 4-year painting diploma at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (which is now a University).

Nicola then spent many years teaching at Arts Umbrella, the Vancouver School Board and the Richmond Arts Centre. She also wrote and illustrated a number of children’s books. A few years ago she decided to come full circle and devote her energy full-time to painting again.


Studio space and current work

Over this past summer, Nicola moved into studio space in a building in North Vancouver called 195 Pemberton. She and 19 other artists occupy rooms in a renovated building. Her’s is a cozy 10′ x 10′ bright space overlooking the street. All she seems to need are a couple of tables, her paints and two walls to hang her works.


Nicola told me she just came back from Ontario where she took a workshop with Janice Mason-Steeves who taught her a new technique of using cold wax with oil paints.  She says it allows her to create depth through layering, scraping back, scratching in to the substrate with various tools, developing a piece intuitively. She loves it!


Two projects

For the second year in a row, Nicola has been involved with the Juvenile Diabetes association, creating pieces with select children which then go to auction at a gala event
at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Last year the work she and the children created raised $8,000 while this year it went for a record $15,000. Here is a video that was made of the art project.

As well, Nicola is on the board of the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore or FANS, which provides grants from the interest earned from an $80,000 endowment fund. This year author and visual artist Douglas Coupland received the Distinguished Artist Award at the annual tribute, while visual artist Anne Gudrun received the Don S. Williams grant for recognition as a local emerging artist.


It was great to get to know Nicola and discover what makes this very creative and interesting person excited!



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