Nic Mason, Three macropods and a dog, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, private collection
Nic Mason is interested in the possibilities of enticing new ways of thinking through connection and engagement with art and she is richly informed by her background in conservation and land management. After attaining a Science degree she worked in the conservation and land management field. In the middle of 2016 she resigned from her employment position in this sector to focus on her art practice in a full-time capacity and to commence studies in the painting workshop at the Australian National University. She is currently undertaking her Honours Year at the University of New South Wales Art & Design.
She has been selected as a finalist in numerous national awards including the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize 2018; The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Award 2018; Fleurieu Biennale 2018; Calleen Art Award 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016; Footscray (Tertiary) Art Prize 2017; Brisbane Art Prize 2017 and 2016; and the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Art Award 2016.
She has been awarded several awards including the 2015 Central West Regional Art Award, through Cowra Regional Art Gallery. This lead to her first solo exhibition WILD in Cowra Regional Art Gallery. She has since held a further three solo exhibitions within NSW and ACT.