"Follow Your Bliss" - My desire as an artist to to express for myself and for the viewer the emotions felt when viewing the places, people, things that I see and experience.
Driving home one morning from a night shift I came upon the view from my street corner. A view from a bluff overlooking the Trail Islands in West Sechelt. I gasped involuntarily at the sight. Such beauty! That is what I try to evoke in the viewer.
Over the last 5 years I have been focused on painting landscapes and seascapes both in watercolour and acrylic. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast the majority of my work has been influenced by my surroundings in this amazing place.
I work mostly from sketches and photographs. In the summer you could find me painting En Plein Air on a beach or in the forest. Early morning light, full sunlight or misty days provide the best reference material.
I want to continuously evolve and grow as an artist and as a person. I am using light more intentionally in my paintings as light visually uplifts and also has meaning for me in a spiritual sense. My direction in life has been mental health awareness and I have been bringing mindfulness into my day to day world. I believe an artists paintings to be a reflection of their inner world so as I grow as an artist hopefully I also grow as a person.
Carol-Anne Almquist received her art education from Kwantlen College in North Delta. She worked on a 3 year Fine Arts Certificate, painting in oils, studying Art History, Drawing and Design.
She was Vice President of the Mission Artists Association and has been a member of various Artists Guilds.
In 2017, after moving to the Sunshine Coast, she joined the Coast Cultural Alliance and participates yearly in the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
Presently she is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has had many paintings accepted into shows there both online and in the Granville Island Gallery.
She has had her work featured in the Art of Watercolour magazine.