Abstract Artist | Painter
Carole Arnston is a West Coast artist with a multi faceted background in art, architecture and design.
Born in Toronto, Arnston pursued an education in the humanities and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts. After travel and a year in art education at the University of British Columbia she then focused her career in design with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia.
In the early 90s’s Arnston became active in visual literacy and design education, and was awarded by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for her work in Architecture for Kids. She authored and piloted courses for students in both elementary and secondary schools and in teacher education in the field of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.
Architecture, urban design and particularly conceptual development absorbed her energies for the next 10 years and she worked in prominent Vancouver and Toronto firms. Out of this career focus grew a powerful empathy for the messages of the landscape, the rhythms of the ocean waves, the directional energy of the westerly winds and driven rains.
The creative medium of Painting was an easy and rewarding transition and her next 20 years were influenced by the early Abstract Expressionist painters including Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler and the even earlier Impressionists Monet and Manet. Kinetic energies from her outdoor passions of kayaking and hiking take form on the canvases in a dynamically charged gestural style which is boldly rendered with a broad brush and decisive palette knife strokes. Abstract meadows, waterfalls, seascapes and still lifes are rendered with the same lyrical abstraction.
Arnston’s studio is set among tall Douglas fir trees overlooking the Pacific ocean just outside of Victoria British Columbia. The joy of exploring the natural world inspires all of her work.
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