NERRL Hand Painted Designs

Iconic Newfoundland Art

Visit the NERRL Studio - 27 Tory Road, New Perlican, select locations, and online

iconic Newfoundland art on hand-painted wineglasses and teapots so you can immerse yourself in the sweet joy of Newfoundland every time you take a cup of tea - or a glass  of wine

Eileen Balsom Matthews of New Perlican is the artist of NERRL Hand Painted Designs.  She celebrates iconic features of life in her home province on canvas (selling originals and reproductions), glass, slate, wood, crockery, upcycled bottles - you name it -  to create fun and useful pieces of functional art for everyday living. Eileen is a juried artist with the Craft Council.

Beautiful, colourful teapots, wine glasses, and salt shakers tell tales of downtown St. John’s, the fragrance of lilac in a warm summer breeze, and the brightness of long stilt-legged fishing stages.  Eileen says, “I’m inspired by my community and our environment, and love sharing through art.”

gifts for shipping - Newfoundland prints, coasters, key holders - for special gift orders requiring shipping, be sure to order at least two weeks before it's needed.

Many who love Eileen's work are lovers of all things Newfoundland so appreciate being able to give - and receive - NERRL art.  Prints of Eileen's sold-out originals, coasters with iconic Newfoundland scenes, row house key holders, and the authentic Newfoundland Christmas hanger are all holiday favourites.  The puffins, whales, row houses and NERRL's trademarked 'Crooked Stages' arts are perfect ways to share a little bit of home all over the world.

Heart's Content - Newfoundland delight

A Heart's Content-er by birth,  Eileen grew up on the meadows, fishing stages and beaches and always found herself drawn to creation.   The interest didn’t wane when she was a young mom building a career in banking, but then there was no time to pursue it. 

Eileen’s spare time is dedicated to building community in her region through economic, tourism, heritage and innovative development.  The cod moratorium of 1992 changed rural Newfoundland and created a renewed appreciation for Newfoundland culture.

In her early fifties, health concerns steered Eileen to an early retirement from the banking business. Finally, Eileen’s inspiration to paint found space to show up and NERRL Hand Painted Designs was born. 

The name NERRL (sounds like ‘girl’ as in a cheerful yes g’rl as one friend would say to another) was coined from the first letters of the names of Eileen’s grandchildren.  The family integration became all the more poignant with the passing of six and half-year-old Emma in 2020.  Emma is the ‘E’ in NERRL, and now the company is one of the ways Eileen keeps her close. 

Eileen’s main medium is acrylic paint on just about any surface, and she is known for her ability to transform old bottles, wood, and other materials to art.  Right now she’s exploring work with bee products and is excited about integrating the value of bees - ecologically as well as to the province - to her work.  This puts her in touch with the gardening she does.

find NERRL Newfoundland art at select locations, and order online worldwide

Eileen’s workshop is right in New Perlican, and she runs it as an Open Studio.  So if you’re visiting, or out for a StayCation adventure on the beautiful Baccalieu Coastal Drive and the timing allows, you might just find yourself immersed in the sweet joy of Newfoundland, live and in person. Keep an eye out for the NERRL signs on the main road.

You can also find NERRL Hand Painted Designs at Artistry on Church in Bonavista, Dock Marina in Trinity, Hidden Treasures in Bay Roberts, Brigus Mercantile in Brigus, Legge's Restaurant in Heart's Content, Gatherall's Gift Store in Bay Bulls and at Orchard Berry Arrangements, Urban Market 1919, Spruce Grove, Alberta or order online from the link above.

Video: watch Eileen Balsom Matthews, the artist of NERRL Hand Painted Designs, painting glass

“Drying Cod” painting - Original gallery wooden canvas $300.00. Painting is my depiction of a photo taken by a friend (permission obtained) of her neighbour drying salted codfish in the trees on his property which has become a tradition here in New Perlican, NL..
Painting depicting Jelly Bean Row Houses in St. John’s NL. These houses are very colorful in the downtown area of St. John’s.  They are said to have been painted bright colors by sailors living downtown being able to see their houses coming in the harbour through the fog.
“Colorful Cod” painting - Painting is my depiction of “codfish” on a friends stage as his “catch of the day”.  Thanks to Andre Saab for giving me permission to paint his photo.  Original painting has been sold!
House Number Sign, hand painted on slate - Slate sign,hand painted, “Your House number” size 7.5 x 10,sealed for Exterior or Interior
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art wooden dory
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art whale tail in blues
handpainted Newfoundland art three row houses keychain hook
portait of NERRL artist Eileen Balsom Matthews in front of red/orange doors
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art snowman
Collection of a whimsical works of NERRL Hand Painted Designs - glassware, salt and pepper shakers, tea pot, and cream and sugar
Tea pot and cream and sugar featuring colourful row houses of St. John's by NERRL Hand Painted Designs
Newfoundland art three row houses on a coaster
whimsical painting of five colourful Newfoundland fishing stages on stiles on beach under blue sskies
“Drying Cod” painting - Original gallery wooden canvas $300.00. Painting is my depiction of a photo taken by a friend (permission obtained) of her neighbour drying salted codfish in the trees on his property which has become a tradition here in New Perlican, NL..
Painting depicting Jelly Bean Row Houses in St. John’s NL. These houses are very colorful in the downtown area of St. John’s.  They are said to have been painted bright colors by sailors living downtown being able to see their houses coming in the harbour through the fog.
“Colorful Cod” painting - Painting is my depiction of “codfish” on a friends stage as his “catch of the day”.  Thanks to Andre Saab for giving me permission to paint his photo.  Original painting has been sold!
House Number Sign, hand painted on slate - Slate sign,hand painted, “Your House number” size 7.5 x 10,sealed for Exterior or Interior
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art wooden dory
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art whale tail in blues
handpainted Newfoundland art three row houses keychain hook
portait of NERRL artist Eileen Balsom Matthews in front of red/orange doors
handpainted Newfoundland coaster art snowman
Collection of a whimsical works of NERRL Hand Painted Designs - glassware, salt and pepper shakers, tea pot, and cream and sugar
Tea pot and cream and sugar featuring colourful row houses of St. John's by NERRL Hand Painted Designs
Newfoundland art three row houses on a coaster
whimsical painting of five colourful Newfoundland fishing stages on stiles on beach under blue sskies