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Carole Arnston

Carole Arnston

Winter 2016 - New Works
Exhibition from November 26, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Carole Arnston is a West Coast artist with a multi-faceted background in art, architecture and design.

After a Bachelor of Arts degree and a ten-year career as a registered architect, Carole turned to painting full-time. Her empathy with the powerful messages of the landscape takes form in a dynamically-charged gestural style. Arnston's visual understanding of our physical world is influenced greatly by her architectural background. Dramatic images of wind, sea and alpine meadows are rendered with a broad brush, subtle colour blending and painting knives.

Carole's studio is set among tall cedar trees and overlooks the ocean in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The ocean views and the sounds of the backyard creek add to the inspiration for her dramatic images and inspiring brushwork.

In the past fifteen years of painting, Carole's bold and energetic style has developed from the abstract impressionist influences of Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Georgia O'Keefe, and the earlier influences of Manet and Monet. The joy of exploring the natural world inspires all her work.

Her still-life paintings take on the messages of landscape; they are shaped by a fluid, wind-like spontaneous style. Paint is applied with subtle colour blending, and is exquisitely sculpted with the palate knife. Works range from the Fall-Line Series of vertical format snow-and-cliff, to the more current Planter Box Series dark florals. The joy of exploring the natural world has inspired these pieces.

Arnston has exhibited throughout North America and her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections. Carole Arnston is represented by the Van Dop Gallery.

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