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Nola Tresslar

Artist Biography

Nola has shown her art in over 155 art shows since 1998 (10 one-woman shows), with approximately 90% being juried shows, throughout the Northwest, Arizona, California, New York, Japan, and China. Recipient of many arts awards and represented presently by galleries in two states. Art work in private collections—United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan and China. Art in corporate collections—Bank of America, Labor Ready Corporate Headquarters, City of Seatac (6), St. Joseph’s Hospital, Franciscan Hospice House, City of Tacoma, Pierce County, China Foreign Affairs office, Yangzou, China.

Artist Statement

Art has always been a passion of mine. I love the many facets I can explore in the Sumi, Collage and Mixed Media areas of the Art domain. When I am painting I try to infuse my personal energy, spirituality and inspiration into my art. My inspiration may come from something I’ve seen, heard or felt. Abstract paintings and collages are my favorite ares, because my love of texture, handmade papers and found objects that can be incorporated into a pievce of art. I enjoy using Sumi ink in traditional Asian paintings and also I find it interesting to find new ways and methods to mix this ancient medium with other mediums.


Studied Art Education at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 1959-1962. Also studied with many well known artists (locally, nationally and internationally known) with many art classes and workshops in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Florida and Hawaii.

Recipient of many art awards

Barnes&Noble Award, three from Western Washington Fair (Fine Arts), the Traditional Award from a Japanese Sumi Master, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, Merit Awards, Honorable Mentions, Most original, etc…

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