MARY LOU NICOLAI is from Indiana and studied fine art at the John Herron Art Institute. After moving to California, she got an RN degree, and continues to work in the nursing field. She received a degree in Graphic Design / Illustration. Mary Lou worked for a number of years in graphic design and illustration, the highlight being the illustration of several books on So. Calif. History. These books are now distributed by the historical Society and used as a textbook for the school district. In 1990 she moved to Northern California. Mary Lou opened the Golden Horse Gallery, custom framing, art supply, gallery, and teaching center, where she shared her knowledge of painting and drawing along with visiting artists. Mary Lou returned to San Clemente, Ca. worked as an RN. and an artist.
In 2003 she spent 3 weeks in Japan, researching, absorbing the culture, and attending extensive workshops. Inspired by her travels, she is now intently working on paintings and collages for an “Asian Fusion” series.
Her art has been in several galleries in California, Indiana, Florida, and Alabama. Her greeting cards are published and distributed by Starlight Creations. She has just opened her new studio in Lillian, Al. “Art is a visual expression of the spirit within. In my work, I try to show the balance of fantasy and reality, body and spirit, seen and unseen. Art gives me the tools to explore the joys of life’s unlimited imagination !”