About The Artist

Biography - About Karole Marois

Karole Marois is a visual artist based in Prince Edward County Ontario.  She was born and raised in the small francophone city of Eastview, east of Ottawa.  A graduate of the Fine Arts program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, she also holds a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy, as well as a Computer Animation diploma from Sheridan College.

Since moving her home and studio to the shores of Lake Ontario, Karole has been captivated by the people, the land and the water. Her current body of work explores our human/nature connection, and focuses on our connection with water.

Karole’s watermedia paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada, the US and Europe and can be found in private and public collections.

In my studio 2016

Artist Statement - About the Artwork

Water is a recurrent theme in my artwork and many of my travels involved going to the water to paint and let my imagination fly.  A few years ago I decided to leave the city and move my home and studio close to the waterfront. I now live on the shores of Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, where I find inspiration in oceanlike horizons, wild unpredictable waves, powerful winds and dramatic skies filled with migrating birds travelling far distances.

Our human/nature connection intrigues me and is the focus of my current work. I am especially passionate about exploring our physical, emotional and spiritual connection with water.

In my paintings, I often merge the figure and the water in order to better express the idea that we are “one with water”. Using fluid and transparent acrylics on wood panels, I like to work large scale in a technique similar to watercolour. Transparent layers of acrylic paint allow me to create depth, and I intentionally leave pencil marks and the occasional grid visible as part of the work process.

CV (Résumé)

Karole Marois (AOCA)

241 Prinyers Cove Crescent, Picton, Ontario, Canada K0K 2T0
karolem.artist@gmail.com www.karolem.com 613-223-3549

Solo Exhibitions

2019In Osmosis, Art Gallery Inside, The Armoury (Prince Edward County ON)public space
2011Together Side by Side, City Hall (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)public space, invitation
2010Together Side by Side, Odawa Native Friendship Centre (Ottawa Canada)public space, invitation
2010Together Side by Side, Cartier Square Drill Hall (Ottawa Canada)public space, invitation
2010Together Side by Side, Perley-Rideau Veteran Home (Ottawa Canada)public space, invitation
2010Together Side by Side, Denison Armoury (Toronto,ON)public space, invitation
2003L’Appel du large, Galerie de la Maison de l’Île (Hawkesbury ON)public gallery, jury selection
2002Colourful People, Karsh-Masson Gallery (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection
2001Quatre saisons, Galerie Eugène-Racette, MIFO (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection
1999A votre Santé, Théâtre de l’Île (Hull QC)public gallery, jury selection
1996Musicality, A Source of Art Gallery (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection
1994Musicality, La Galeruche (Timmins ON)public gallery, jury selection
1994Looking for Blue Skies, A Source of Art Gallery (Ottawa Canada)artist co-op gallery, jury selection
1994Diversity, Regional Art Gallery-CRAG (Cornwall ON)public gallery, jury selection
1993Diversity, Regional Art Gallery-CRAG (Cornwall ON)artist co-op gallery, jury selection
1983New Work, Nicholas Art Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
1981The Umbrella Women, Nicholas Art Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery

Joint Exhibitions

2006Double Vision, with René Price, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery Cornwall, ON)public gallery, jury selection
2001Quatre saisons, with Serge Duguay, Écomusée (Hull QC)public gallery, jury selection

Travelling Exhibitions

2009-2012A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan - Canadian War Museum (travelling exhibition across Canada)public galleries & museums, jury selection
1991-1993Images of American Immigration, US Dept of Justice & Immigration (travelling exhibition from Washington DC to Los Angeles CA)public galleries, competition

Group Exhibitions

2019Artworks 2019 OCAD Alumni Show, Great Hall OCAD University (Toronto ON)public gallery, jury selection
2019-18-17-16-15-14Art in the County (Prince Edward County ON)public gallery, jury selection
2018Sybil Frank Gallery (Wellington ON)commercial gallery
2017Camp Picton Past & Present, Maison DePoivre (Prince Edward County ON)commercial gallery
2014Back Alleys of Ottawa II, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2012RUN, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2011Great Big Smalls, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2011Back Alleys and Lanes of Ottawa, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2010Points of View, Champlain Lookout, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2009The Canadian Portrait, CUBE Gallery (Ottawa Canada)commercial gallery
2006Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP), Aviation Museum (Shearwater, NS)museum, jury selection
2005Boots on the Ground, Canadian Embassy (Washington, DC)Embassy gallery, jury selection
2004Arte para todos, Hotel Plaza del General (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)jury selection
2001Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (Toronto ON)jury selection
2000Of Nature, Agora Gallery (New York, NY)commercial gallery
2000Engouements, Théâtre de la Nouvelle-Scène (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection
1998Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa Canada)national museum, jury selection
1996Int’l Day/Elimination of Racial Discrimination, SAW Gallery (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection
1992Blizzart, Regional Gallery of Ottawa Carleton (Ottawa Canada)public gallery, jury selection

Artist Residencies

2005Canadian Forces Artist Program, (Netherlands)


1987-88Computer Animation Diploma, Sheridan College (Oakville, ON)
1979-80Concentration Painting, Accademia di Belle Arti (Florence, Italy)
1977-78Off-campus Program, Ontario College of Art & Design (Florence, Italy)
1975-79AOCAD (Associate of the Ontario College of Art) Diploma, Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art & Design (Toronto ON)


2019Visual Arts/ project grant (projets francophones), Ontario Arts Council
2019Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2016Jury Prize for Devils Picker, Art in the County (Prince Edward County ON)
2012Visual Arts/ project grant (projets francophones), Ontario Arts Council
2011IPEP, Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture
2011Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2010Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2009Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2003Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2002Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
2001Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
1996Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
1994Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council
1993Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council


City Hall of Apeldoorn (The Netherlands)
Canadian War Museum (Ottawa Canada)
Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa Canada)
High Commission of South Africa (Ottawa Canada)
Musée Royal 22e Régiment/La Citadelle (Québec QC)
The Military Museums (Calgary AB)
City of Pembroke (Pembroke, ON)
Publi-Art Vanier, (Ottawa Canada)

Professional Associations

Prince Edward County Art Council (PECAC)
Prince Edward County Studio Tour
Canadian Artists Representation/Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
Canadian Copyright Collective (CARCC)
Mural Routes

Professional Art Activities

2019-17-16-15Participant artist in PEC Studio Tour (Prince Edward County ON)
2018-1984Commissions of murals, private & public
2015Participant artist in PEC Arts Trail (Prince Edward County ON)
2010Independent project, research & creation (Florence, Italy)
2005Independent project, research & creation (Gandia, Spain)
2004Murals, “Arte Para Todos” event, United Nations Development Program, (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
2003Independent project, research & creation (St.Vincent & the Grenadines)
2002Independent project, research & creation (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
1996Independent project, research & creation (Antibes, France)
1994-95Independent project, research & creation (Fréjus, France)
1992Courtroom Artist, Supreme Court of Canada (Ottawa Canada)
1987-88-89Computer Graphic artist for Canvas Digital Art Inc. (Ottawa Canada)
1985-86Portrait Painting teacher, Continuing Education, Algonquin College (Ottawa Canada)
1984Portraitist, Tin House Courtyard (Ottawa Canada)
1977-78Portraitist, Uffizi Galleries (Florence, Italy)


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County & Quinte Living Magazine

Cover photo – Autumn 2015
Article on pages 21-29

County & Quinte Living Cover Autumn 2015


Sept 11 2014 Edition
Article on page 13



Radio Interview (French), Grands Lacs Café, Route des arts, mai 2018

Sylvie-Anne Jeanson nous présente le parcours de Karole Marois dans le premier d’une série de portraits sur les artistes établis dans ce qu’on appelle « La route des Arts » situé dans le comté de Prince Edward.