Author Archives: Peri Nilan

About Peri Nilan

I am an artist.

Spring 2018 Update

You can take the teacher out of the school… although I have retired from full-time teaching in the public school system, I’m back in the classroom giving art classes at Century House in New Westminster. This Spring, I am teaching acrylic painting and zen doodle drawing. These classes are for persons 50 years and up:

  • Acrylic Painting: Passion & Excitement
  • Dabble in Acrylics
  • Zen Doodle Workshop

On April 26, I will be presenting a one-day workshop on oil pastel at Opus in Coquitlam, which will include a demonstration followed by hands-on practice for participants.

This coming Summer I will be teaching a nature sketching class at Century House. This will consist of both in-class instruction and outdoor practice. Details will be listed on the Century House Summer brochure, which will be published in June.

Outside of teaching, I am still working to overcome concussion symptoms by gradually increasing my time at the eisel. I am continuing to practice watercolour, pen and ink, and zen doodle, and am rediscovering acrylic. I look forward to more plein air sessions as the weather warms up.

My watercolour painting Hummingbird With Cactus will be in the upcoming “Aquarelle et pastel” art show at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island April 17-29. I will also be participating in the “Limitless” art show June 3 – August 4 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, along with other local artists.

Upcoming Art Shows

I will be participating in the New Westminster Cultural Crawl at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St). Select work from members of the New West Artists will be on display from from 10am to 5pm on August 12th and 13th. I will have both watercolour paintings and zen doodle artwork on display. The originals will be available for sale, as well as prints and cards.

I will also have “Deco-Doodle” zen doodle artwork on display at Art Squared, held August 28th to September 4th, at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

For more information about these events, please visit the website.

News Update – Spring 2016

After an extensive absence from the art world to recover from a severe concussion, I am slowly returning to my artwork. I stayed in touch with the art community by participating in a handful of local shows in New Westminster since last summer. On days when I am feeling better, I have been practicing my Zen doodles and am looking forward to being published in the magazine Zen Doodle Workshop this Spring.

Hopefully, I will be well enough by the Fall to start teaching classes again!


New Year Updates – 2015

Wow, how time flies! The fall season seems to have gone by in a flurry. The art shows I participated in were a huge success, with lots of visitors and interest in my new direction in my art work. While still working on pen and ink and watercolour paintings, I’ve been collaborating with a fabric artist, Valerie MacRae, to create new pieces. Enspired by Zentangle®, the intricate patterns are beginning to show up in many of my compositions. (2 creative minds make for totally new ideas.) I’m working towards several shows in the new year and I’m excited about my upcoming venture to Rhode Island late spring, to become certified as a Zentangle® instructor.

I’m already booking workshops for the new year, so check back often to see what’s been added.
I will continue to offer workshops at the Anvil Centre and 100 Braid St. Studios, as well as more hands-on workshop at the North Vancouver OPUS store. As always, I’m available to do private workshops as well.

Upcoming Events, Autumn 2014

Summer has flown by and it’s been a busy one. We had a fun time in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, where the landscape, indigenous culture and local arts scene inspires many artists and artisans. We visited numerous galleries and spoke to many local artists, took lots of photos of the scenery and watched the variety of birds from our hosts’ front porch. We also enjoyed a glorious week camping at Quadra Island late July. I managed to include some sketching time while at the campsite, and when picnicking at the winery on the south end of the island. We did some kayaking, short bike rides, and of course, lounging on the beach. I completed a commissioned pen & ink drawing, part of a fundraising event that took place in early July, and then had some fun experimenting with Zentangle® drawing using pen & ink then adding colour with layered coloured pencils.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 12 – 6 pm, is the opening of the new Anvil Centre down on Columbia Street in New Westminster. This modern convention centre will include a theatre, New Media Gallery, and studio spaces for all the arts. I will be teaching a Pen & Ink workshop in the fall in the new studio, and have signed up as a volunteer docent in the New Media Gallery. Check out the class offerings at

I’m booked for a demo/workshop at OPUS Art Supplies store in North Vancouver on September 20th, and will also be teaching classes at the recently opened Braid St. Studios in New Westminster. Check out their website at

Visual Verse/ Art Squared

An art show worth a thousand words. The opening reception will take place June 7 at the River Market from 6-8pm. The show itself will run June 7 to July 3, 2013.

View event details here:

My daughter, Melissa Nilan, and I collaborated on an entry for the show. I am doing a painting to go with her poem ‘The Road Goes On.’ I have also submitted 4 pieces for the ‘Visual Verse’ part of the show. If you get a chance, come by for a glass of wine and some snacks while you meet the artists and poets.

Hyack Festival & Heritage Home Tour

Saturday, May 25th

The New Westminster Artists will have a tent set up in Uptown New Westminster after the Hyack parade is finished. I will be selling cards with my artwork – come and visit!

Sunday, May 26th

The annual Heritage Home Tour explores the Royal City’s finest heritage homes. I have been a regular participant in the creation of the tour booklet, donating numerous pen and ink drawings of local houses over the years. You can see many of these in my Pen & Ink gallery. This year, my drawings include famous landmarks such as Irving House and Knox Presbyterian Church.