Patricia Carroll enjoys a renewed artistic life in Nanoose Bay. She spent her formative years in Port Colborne on Lake Erie, in Ontario where she first developed her love of nature and interest in drawing. During her teaching career she acquired foundation studies' courses from the Ontario College of Art.
For the past few years she has focused entirely on her art, taking intensive workshops from many internationally renowned artists. As a member of the De Cosmos Fine Arts Group, and an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists - Arrowsmith and Nanaimo Chapters, she has many opportunities to paint and show her work.
Her approach varies depending on her subject matter and mood. Plein Aire excursions result in expressionistic interpretations using either watercolour or acrylic where colour placement and choice results in a vibration representing nature’s life force.
Her excitement with living things is demonstrated through her abstract realism. Using stamps created specifically to enhance their energy, she overlays and washes in order to express their very essence. She creates abstracts which encourage the viewer to discern their meaning and delve into their nooks and crannies. The eye dances throughout, alighting here and there in sheer pleasure.
Nature is her muse. She expresses the beauty, the integration of all life, and the complex, exciting and mysterious interplay of light, dark, colour, texture, and shape, clearly evident in every glimpse of our world. She delights in sharing her unique view of this world through her paintings.