Nan has explored a variety of mediums over several years, but watercolour and graphite continue to be her passion. Nan developed her painting skills by studying with various local and international artists such as Ann Cossar, Richard Hayman, Mary Whyte and Birgit O’Connor.  She developed her classical drawing techniques over a three year period under the tutelage of Pauline Bradshaw.

Nan views art as a means of communicating to the viewer the beauty and fragility of our world. A strong environmentalist, Nan’s love of the outdoors, hiking, and canoeing is reflected in her landscapes, but she also seeks to capture the grace of a flower, a child, or a single feather in finely rendered closeups. Canoes are often featured in her landscapes as they are ideal vehicles of entry into the natural world. The excitement and goal for Nan as an artist is to make an emotional connection with her viewers, to offer new ways of seeing.

Nan has exhibited her work at numerous shows in the Kawarthas, as well as in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Nan’s work can be found in private and corporate collections across Canada and the U.S.A., and has been featured in both local and national magazines.  A selection of her giclee reproductions and cards can be purchased at the Canadian Canoe Museum

Nan works on location, and from her attic studio in the heart of Peterborough.


Press & Publications:

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Nan Sidler on Capturing a Sense of Place - Kawarthas Northumberland, Fall 2023

Artists Gone Wild - Canoeroots Magazine, Fall 2015

Art Filled with Awe - The Link Magazine, Winter 2014

Summer Art Show Sizzles - The Peterborough Examiner, June 2014

Strokes of Genius 2:  Light and Shadow - Northlight Books, 2009

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