T. Marie Nolan, “Rabbit Run”, Date Unknown
Self-taught artist, T. Marie Nolan, lives in the basement of a church near the Mississippi River in Mark Twain’s hometown, Hannibal, Missouri. She was born, the eighth of eleven children, in Connecticut on February 28, 1954. Library work of all kinds, story teller, book repairer and bookmobile driver, occupied her until the mid-1980’s when art became her full time obsession.
Nolan constructs her art from materials salvaged from local construction dumpsters, using them as her canvases. Her colorful paintings employ a narrative, sometimes humorous approach to such topics as Adams and Eves, Cats and Fishes, Saints and Sinners and the various unique characters that inhabit her mind.
Nolan’s work has been exhibited at outsider folk art events such as Slotin Folk Fest, the House of Blues, and the Kentuck festival.