Nicole Coursen

Nicole Coursen


Nicole Coursen is a largely self taught visual artist from Edmonton Alberta, who was raised in Miami Florida. She works in variety of mediums ranging from acrylic paintings to textile art. Nicole first started painting at 30 years old. She took a few classes to learn the basics and then continued her journey on a self led path of trial and error. She fully embraced the idea of learning by just doing. She has been featured in several group gallery exhibitions as the Whyte Avenue Art Walk in Edmonton. After painting for 10 years she fell in love with needle felting. She creates not only beautiful vistas and still life creations in this new medium but also needle felted portraits and sculptures. She now sells her work on Etsy and Instagram and has a steady volume of new commissions for paintings and needle felted art that keeps her very busy. Her style is constantly evolving and growing as she learns new techniques to express her ideas.

Artist Statement

I work with several different mediums and am always excited to try something new if not completely different. Growing up in Miami Florida instilled in me an attachment to swimming and the ocean. Now living in the prairies of Alberta, I miss that connection to the ocean and often use water and ocean themes in my acrylic figure paintings. My needle felt work started as sculptural but once I discovered I could “paint” with wool I became enamored with it. My painting style of needle felting began with local Alberta landscapes, my first one being a representation of the three sisters in Canmore. Always wanting to try something new, I then began working on animal portraits as well as custom pet portraits. Recently I have gained enough confidence in my felt painting that have been moving towards portraiture and figure painting. They have always been a passion and inspiration for me and I think whatever art form or medium I work with I will always eventually circle back to people.

For commission inquiries, including custom pet portraits & custom necklace designs, contact Nicole at

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