Karole Marois

I always felt a need to record my thoughts and feelings in an artistic language, in order to better understand my surroundings and communicate to others what was important to me. Painting fulfils this need and adds a sensuous element that is fundamental in my work. I use local subject matter to explore universal themes such as solitude and togetherness, loss and preservation, conflict and peace.

Primarily a painter of people, I am fascinated by the human figure’s ability to connect with the viewer. Having studied art in Florence Italy at a young age, I am still influenced by the painters of the Renaissance when it comes to using subtle gesture to convey emotion. By combining the real and the imagined, I carefully compose series of painting with emphasis on balance, flow and mood.

Once I start to paint, I work quickly and intuitively. Recently, I have been experimenting with more transparent and fluid acrylics to expose the drawing underneath. At the same time, I am playing with the idea of blending intense detail with unfinished areas in the painting.

Since moving my home and studio to the shores of Lake Ontario on the island of Prince Edward County, I have been captivated by the people, the land and the water. My current body of work expresses my love for this new environment and addresses the question of protecting a way of life that is quickly disappearing.

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