Madison based and Texas born artist Rraine Nolan is a multimedia artist who started off working in Plexiglas and layered perception pieces. Exploring the boundary of the fantastical and reality, her early work tends towards darker subject matters, including mental illness, twisted fairy tales and mythological elements. Rraine studied woodcarving and relief printing under the groundbreaking Joseph Velázquez of Drive by Press, expanding the ways she was able to convey her art with this additional media. Her woodcarvings are large scale MDF board works, where she subverts the traditional and challenges the expectations of her medium to move beyond using them just as a tool to print images and instead constructs them into sculptural artworks themselves. Motifs from her early still bleed into Nolan's current work where she does both highly detailed portraits and scenes as well as explores the 'crafty' side of art working in recycled pine and hardwoods creating intricately patterned wooden shields inspired by mythological knotwork.