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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 www.carolsfineart.ca.