Biography: Artist: Carole Arnston

Carole Arnston was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada in 1954. She pursued an education in the humanities and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Psychology. After travel and a year spent in Art Education, she set her sights on Architecture and graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. The following ten years were spent working for design firms in Toronto and Vancouver.

In the early 90'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.

Arnston's visual understanding of our physical world is influenced greatly by her architectural background, and she has built on the abstract impressionist influences of artists like Joan Mitchell and Georgia O’Keefe to develop her own style of lyrical abstraction. The joy of exploring the natural world inspires all her work. Dramatic images of wind, sea and alpine meadows are rendered with a broad brush, subtle colour blending and painting knives. They invite the viewer to look closer, to see the beauty that she sees every day.

Below is an example of the texture typical of Arnston's work