The following appeared on “THE PERTH COLLECTIVE. A PLATFORM FOR WA FEMALE OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES IN CREATIVE INDUSTRIES” on 12 August 2015.
MEET ROSLYN NOLEN PERTH ARTIST. FIND OUT WHY WITH FOUR CHILDREN SHE FINDS THE BEST TIME TO PAINT IS MIDNIGHT TO THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING.
How and why did you start your business? The idea of being a professional artist was clear to me from an early age. I never deviated from wanting a career/business in the artistic realm. After completing a Fine Art Degree and a Dip. Ed. in education, I taught for ten years whilst pursuing my personal art career. I continue to exhibit in both Solo and Group Exhibitions.
Are you a full time artist? Where is your studio? I am a full time artist, just one that keeps odd hours. Having four young children, doing two major solo exhibitions within sixteen months apart, I have learnt to balance my time. I usually go to bed between 7.30pm – 8.00pm with the children and get up at midnight and paint for a few hours, sometimes right through to morning, get the children off to school and create/work till around 3.00pm in time for school pick up. This time till bed time is spent with the children and going to their various activities. I do work from home and have a studio dedicated to creating art. Sometimes the children join me in pursuit of their own projects. In fact my five year old was the impetus behind the children’s range for my clothing label tOZZLEY – Sunnaya designed the motif.
What do you find is the biggest challenge when owning your own business? The first thing that comes to mind is the sole responsibility of coordinating everything. Particularly in the lead up to an Exhibition, the time and hours “behind the scenes” can be challenging at times.
Your Best Moment So Far In Your Business? There have been many moments. Overall it would have to be the satisfaction of setting goals and achieving them. I always love the moment when you see your work hanging in a gallery before opening night.
Most memorable challenge you had with a client or stockist? I spent three years in the Tanami Desert (1997-1999) in one of the most isolated Aboriginal communities in the Southern Hemisphere. Sourcing materials was always challenging during that time, online shopping was not yet big.
Your Favourite Quote or Mantra “You have no control over people, places or things”. I find this quote has so much freedom in it.
What is your advice to Perth Woman wanting to start their own business or turning their hobby into a small business? To trust your own process. To have a vision and work towards it without losing focus. Acknowledge the hard times, learn from them positively and keep your energy in creating great things for yourself.
What is your vision for your business? The vision I have for my business is to create more opportunities to exhibit worldwide, continue to collaborate with other creatives and expand my clothing label tOZZLEY
THE QUICK FIVE
FAVOURITE PERTH COFFEE I ACTUALLY DON’T DRINK COFFEE, BUT I DO LOVE TO FREQUENT HOBART DELI IN NORTH PERTH.
FAVOURITE PERTH FASHION LABEL– MORRISON, I LOVE THEIR DESIGNS, FABRICS AND ELEGANT SIMPLICITY.
FAVOURITE PERTH HOMEWARES– FREMANTLE ART CENTRE
FAVOURITE PERTH BAR– I ENJOY CLANCY’S, FREMANTLE BECAUSE WE CAN TAKE THE CHILDREN AND THEY ENJOY THE SPACE OUTSIDE TO RUN AND PLAY.
FAVOURITE PERTH RESTAURANT-VOYAGE KITCHEN ON WEST COAST DRIVE, SORRENTO, IT IS A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE AND THE FOOD IS SENSATIONAL.
Being the youngest of ten children (nine girls and one boy) growing up in country Victoria (Manangatang), allowed constant visual stimulus. My father was a wheat and sheep farmer, along with a horse trainer/breeder. My mother was extraordinary. Childhood play was filled with make believe and creativity. I have always been fascinated with people, their stories and culture. This culminated in making the move to Wirrimanu (as mentioned above) where I spent three years teaching, painting and immersed in culture. Hence furthering my love of portraiture. My other great passion is painting equine. As a child I spent endless hours painting portraits, not typically horses like many other young children. I had a horse and the magical quality surrounding them was tangible and not my priority at the time. It wasn’t until my nephew, jockey Luke Nolen whom was given the ride of his lifetime on Black Caviar, that I was reconnected with my childhood memories surrounding horses. I painted Luke on Black Caviar and today I continue to pursue painting the strength, power and emotion eminent in these majestic creatures.
Morning all, I have been invited to participate in the Equus Film Festival NYC poster competition. There are fifty participating artists from all over the world and I have three selected “Up Close” – Acrylic, “Trooper”-Ballpoint Pen and “Freedom Calling”- Acrylic.
The top ten artworks with the most likes and shares will go for final judging where one artwork will be selected as a billboard image, poster and advertising imagery for the film festival.
In anticipation, thanks for your support, likes and shares by following the link below where you will find my work and the other artists’ contributions.
Sunnaya modelling her own motif design for the new children’s wear for tOZZLEY. To be launched at the Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds Exhibition Opening. 30th January 6.30p.m. Gallows Gallery, Glyde St. Mosman Park
Many thanks to Les & Jo Bunning for allowing Billie and Tommy to be part of the photo shoot.
Roslyn Nolen: Wild-Brumbies and Other Breeds
29 January 2015 | Art Almanac
Growing up surrounded by horses was taken for granted as a child and it wasn’t until adulthood that artist Roslyn Nolen fully came to realise and appreciate the majestic beauty and soulful intelligence of these creatures. Since Nolen’s solo exhibition in 2013, she has been drawn to the famous folklore of the brumbies of Australia.
This current work explores the domestic horse along with the wild brumby. Nolen explains that some of these brumbies were rescued from slaughterhouses while others freely roam unhindered but remain under threat from culling demands. The collection of seventeen paintings and eight limited edition dry point and copper plate etchings capture the horses’ spirit, power and the connection to land.
Until 6 February, 2015
Companions, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm
Courtesy the artist and Gallows Gallery, Western Australia
Roslyn Nolen “Wild | Brumbies and Other Breeds” featured in Scoop Magazine.
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Roslyn Nolen: Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds
Roslyn Nolen | Wild – Brumbies and othe Beasts
Wild – Brumbies and Other Breeds is an Exhibition of 25 works and the launch of a new clothing design for tOZZLEY
The Exhibition is bound to appeal and attract a wide audience who have a love and appreciation of these extraordinary creatures.
30th Jan – 6th Feb 2015
53 Glyde St.
Mosman Park (Perth) WA
Daily from 10am – 5pm
by Adam McGrath | May 29, 2014
Roslyn will be painting on course and also selling a few of the pieces she’s created.
DESPITE a childhood surrounded by horses in rural Victoria, Roslyn Nolen’s first passion was for drawing and painting, not the usual little girls’ dream of owning her own horse.
“I shared a horse with my sister but fear stopped me from giving myself fully to the experience and becoming a good rider”, she said.
But her passion for art, with paint and mixed media in particular, has culminated in a career in fine art and education.
Now an accomplished portrait artist, Nolen has reconnected with her past and her current work captures that raw and authentic relationship between horses and their riders.
Sparked by the chance to paint one of Australia’s most celebrated racehorses and her jockey in 2011, Nolen has reignited her interest in the horse fraternity.
When her nephew, jockey Luke Nolen, was given the opportunity of a lifetime to ride Black Caviar, Nolen felt comfortable to be up close and personal in her approach to painting the pair.
Her work shows the power and soul that Nolen sees in these animals. She starts by sketching the horse and then paints the eyes.
“Doing this enables me to build a connection with the horse and from there the communication can unfold”, Nolen said.
Nolen says that as an artist she has a huge respect for these extraordinary animals and is thoroughly enjoying the journey they are taking her on.
Ms Roslyn Nolen
P. 0423 153 575
Hi all, I have work in an Exhibition at present titled “Spirit of the Thoroughbred” Showing at Ascot Racecourse today and tomorrow.
This painting is called “Beach Time” 110cm * 82cm Acrylic. It received a “Highly Commendable Award”. There are some wonderful works on display and congratulations to Gully Huber who won the overall best artwork for her stunning pastel artwork.
Check it out and enjoy your weekend. xx
71 Grandstand Rd, Ascot WA 6104
(08) 9277 0777