Karole Marois is a figurative painter living on the shore of Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County. Originally from Ottawa, she is a Fine Arts graduate of Toronto’s OCAD and also holds a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy.
Karole’s specialty in painting the human figure allowed her to work as a portraitist, a portrait teacher, a courtroom artist and a muralist for the National Museums and Parks Canada while exhibiting her personal artwork in galleries locally and nationally. Two of her large multipanel figurative installations, inspired by an art residency experience with the Canadian Forces Artist Program in 2005, are now in the collections of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the City Hall of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
In 2013, she and her partner, an avid sailor, decided it was time to leave the city and live closer to the water. They purchased a small waterfront bungalow in the Prinyers Cove area and built a second floor for her art studio. Every fall since then, KAROLEM Art Studio has been open to the public during the PEC Studio Tour and by appointment. In addition to being represented by Trinity Galleries in Saint John NB, Karole enjoys participating in various regional exhibitions, such as the “Art in the County” annual juried show, where in 2016 she won a juror’s award for her painting “Devil’s Picker”.
The universal human condition is the fundamental theme in Karole’s work. Combining her passion for depicting the human form and a lifelong love of nature, her paintings focus on our deep connection with water to express ideas of harmony, togetherness, love and emotional survival. She paints with acrylics on preferably large surfaces, alternating between thick brushstrokes and transparent washes, merging detailed areas with unfinished passages.
Karole has received a number of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and continues to display her work in public exhibitions that often combine poetry and painting. She is a long-time member of the Canadian Artists Representation/Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and a proud member of the Prince Edward County Arts Council.