Caroline was born in Thunder Bay, ON, and bounced around between the Kootenay Region of BC, Fredericton, NB, and Vancouver Island before finally settling in Calgary in 2001. Her physical travels are nothing compared to her mental ones, and though her creative outlets vary, they all come back to a love of discovery. With a mechanical engineer for a father and a hairdressing mother, Caroline grew up recognizing that creativity could be discovered in any number of places, and the more unsuspected, the better. Caroline spent two years in the fine arts department at the University of Victoria before pursuing art independently through classes and workshops. Her mediums of choice are oils and charcoal, and Caroline loves to investigate the human condition through portraits, figures, and still life. Caroline’s recent works are primarily oil; she starts each painting with layers of glazes and washes before moving into a single application, wet-on-wet technique for the focus of the piece. Caroline’s work can be found in collections throughout western Canada.
Whimsybotical and the robot series came about as a happy result of asking “what if” when I was hunting for objects to practice still life painting from life. I’ve always been a fan of both art and science, so my partner’s retro robot collection seemed like a fun experiment to play with. As creative ideas often do, the robot paintings took on a life of their own and now I think of them as little explorers, with stories to tell about their strange adventures into our weird and wonderful world. Their curiosity keeps me on my toes, researching and sketching watches, plants, machinery, balloons….. My sketchbook is always close to hand and hardly a day goes by when some new little fellow doesn’t find his way onto the pages.
September 2016 - Whimsybotical - Framed on Fifth Gallery - Calgary, AB
October 2015 - Calyx Distinctive Arts - Calgary, AB
April 2013 - Calyx Distinctive Arts - Calgary, AB
March 2012 - Without Words - Framed on Fifth Gallery - Calgary, AB