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Nola Tresslar's Gallery   -   Artist Biography


Studied Art Education at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA 1959 – 1962

Real Estate Appraiser – 18.5 years

Owner, Founder and Head Designer of a gift manufacturing and designing company – 10 years

Director of Marketing for US West Education Foundation

Founder and Executive Director for Northwest Baby TALK

Fund Developer for Child Abuse Prevention Resources


Studied with many well known artists (locally, nationally & internationally known) with numerous art classes & workshops in Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Florida

Exhibitions, Awards, Collections, etc.

Entered over 200 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 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. ….

Published photographer - locally, nationally and internationally…..

Have been represented by – Lakewood Gallery, Lakewood, WA, White Dove Gallery, Lakewood, WA , The Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA, The Desert ART Source, Palm Desert, CA, The Seven Muses, Tacoma, WA, Rich Designs Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO, Dahn Yoga & Gallery, Seattle, WA, Northwest Unique, Tacoma, WA, Creative Forces, Murano Hotel, Tacoma, WA.

Art work in private collections - United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Japan, & China

Art work in corporate collections - Bank of America, Labor Ready Corporate Headquarters, City of SeaTac (6), St. Joseph’s Hospital, Franciscan Hospice House, City of Tacoma, China Foreign Affairs Office, Yangzhou, China, Pierce County Art collection

Television - 9-2002 My art and I appeared in a documentary on local public television (KBTC)

7-2003 My art appeared on national television (HGTV) “Kitty Bartholomew –You’re Home”

5-2006 Two pieces of my art on Comcast TV for a week

5-2007 Appeared on “The Creative Process” Comcast Cable Show – (Showed how to stain papers)

12-2007 Appeared on CityLine TV Show – Interviewed about the Chinese-American artist exchanged

      12-2007 Appeared on “Cityline” to talk about our artist exchange and cultural tour to                 China in October 2007

       To See Her on 'You Tube' - - Lt. Gov's               Office show

Summer 2016 - Featured in the University of Puget Sound's "Arches" Magazine

Juror – Juror for the 2003 Western Washington Fine Art Show (Mixed Media)

Juror for the 2003 Peninsula Art League’s Membership Show

Juror for the 2013 South Hill Artists Member Show 

Juror for the 2014 Mayfest Art Show at Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood, WA

Juror for the 2017 Western Washington Fine Art Show (Mixed Media)

Websites – (click on Member’s Work) (click on Gallery)

Commissions – Private, Interior Designers, Next Church (3D Prayer Wall)

Public Projects – “Suitcase Sightings” -Tacoma

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 areas, because of my love of texture, handmade papers and found objects that can be incorporated into a piece 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.

“Life Happens!” --- “Suffering is Optional” --- Nola V. Tresslar

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