Carol Morrison

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Artist’s Statement

As a biologist and an artist, I am very interested in the constantly changing appearance of the world around us. I was born in England, and when I arrived in Canada was stunned by the magnificent blaze of red maples, yellow aspens and golden tamaracks in the fall and the interlacing shadows on sparkling snow in winter. The piercingly blue skies and clear light, which can be seen on sunny days throughout the winter as well as in the summer, are rarely seen in England. Tom Thomson’s small panels, in which he interprets nature with vigorous and colourful brush-strokes, are my main inspiration for plein-air paintings

Portraits also fascinate me, and I was inspired by the stunning works of masters such as Whistler and Singer-Sargent to paint full-length portraits for my final NSCAD show in 2004. Since then I have been commissioned to do full-length portraits as well as smaller portraits.


Carol Morrison completed her BFA degree at NSCAD in 2005. Her interest in the world around her led to paintings of landscape, still life and portraits. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Nova Scotia, and in juried shows of the SCA and CIPA across Canada. Several of her paintings were bought by the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and are in private collections in Canada and abroad. Her paintings can be seen at the Swoon, Art Sales and Rental and ADJA galleries. She received the Elizabeth Greenshields award in 2005 and a Nova Scotia Creation Grant in 2008 for a project painting portraits of victims of injustice using information provided by Amnesty International. Her work can be seen at

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Carol Morrison

About Carol Morrison

Carol Morrison’s interest in the natural world around her, which led to her career as a research scientist, also led to landscape, still life and portrait paintings. She is most influenced by the expressive brushwork of Tom Thomson. Carol has had solo shows in the Visual Voice, Swoon, Anna Leonowens, Craig, McCarthy and VANS Corridor Galleries as well as at the St John’s Art Centre and the Rossignol Cultural Centre. She has also taken part in many group shows, and her work has been chosen for juried shows of the Society of Canadian Artists and the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists in St John, Red Deer, Calgary and Montreal, and at the Keenan Center in New York and the UNB Art Centre. In 2005 she graduated from NSCAD with a BFA degree and a major in Fine Art, and received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award for an emerging artist. In 2008 she was awarded a provincial creation grant for a project painting portraits of victims of injustice, using material provided by Amnesty International. “Portraits of Injustice” was shown at Pier 21 in 2010 and at several venues around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Portraits by her are in the IWK and Queen Elizabeth II Health Centres. Four works were bought by the NS Art Bank, and her work is in numerous private collections in Canada and abroad. Carol welcomes commissions, including portraits. Representation. Visual Voice Gallery, Truro. Going Coastal Gallery, Chester. ADJA Gallery, Liverpool.
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