Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Ninalee completed her degree in Education before moving home to teach grade school. Forever interested in the visual arts, Ninalee began painting as a hobby using crafty acrylics that wouldn’t blend. She was thrilled to discover oils soon after and has continued to develop her style over the last ten years in that medium. When she began to paint she was most interested in the style of contemporary realism. As she attended lessons and workshops, her style evolved into one that is slightly more impressionistic - focusing more on the bold shapes of beautiful objects rather than the details that clutter our vision.
The strong differences in seasons of the Canadian Prairies have greatly influenced Ninalee’s work by encouraging her to document what can only be seen for part of the year. She prefers to paint subjects that are fleeting in some way - ones that don't stay in a single form for long and need to be captured, which is why her work is mostly comprised of warm landscapes, birds, and florals.
Ninalee’s studio is filled with books, images and objects that influence her work. The work of her husband, a creative director, and her children’s art supplies have also found their places in the studio, making it obvious that art is a family affair.
She currently lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington, where she is thankful for a supportive, active and spirited art community.
Oil Painters of America - Associate Member American Impressionist Society - Associate Member