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Carol's Artist Statement and CV

     "From the start, I have allowed my intuition and emotions to guide me through the entire process, just as I do with my photography and non-fiction writing. I bypass my rational process and with painting, I choose a brush and the size and shape of the paper that resonate with me and then I select pigment throughout the process that does as well. The colours and shapes then flow freely across the paper with the aid of water. No preplanning nor intending."

Artist Statement

I grew up during the 50s and early 60s in Los Angeles in a family immersed in the world of Hollywood. I experienced that southern California culture to be obsessed with appearances, glamour and status. It was intensely superficial and materialistic and I didn't resonate with it at all.  Throughout my youth I yearned for genuine connections and authenticity.  

Nature and creativity became my refuge.  I often escaped into the backyard of our West LA suburban home and sat on the cool grass under the shade of the big oak tree to feel grounded.  Music and dance became early outlets of creative expression for me.  At age 10 I began journaling, scribbling my thoughts and feelings onto the pages of my little blue diary which I closed with a lock and key. I took up photography in high school and began capturing images to help me try to make sense of the outer world.

My passion for writing and photography led me to pursuing journalism. Then seeking to find further visual expression for my inner world, I enrolled in the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design). and began exploring watercolor painting. 

Due to the intense political turmoil I had experienced throughout the 60s, at the beginning of the next decade, after graduating from University at Berkeley,  I immigrated to Canada. That first summer I attended a summer photography program at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and met Jim, also a artist, who four years later became my life partner. 

"The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech." – Vincent van Gogh

I have continued to write, photograph and paint throughout my life in this same way and I find self-awareness and solace as I feel humbled and grateful as I watch my emotions transformed into works of art. 

"I photograph with my outer eye, I paint with my inner eye, and I write from my heart." - Carol


CURRICULUM VITAE
- VISUAL ARTS & WRITING - 

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EXHIBITS

Past Exhibits and Presentations British Columbia:

  • Exhibitor, Art Gallery Kimberley at "The Laundromat," 167 Deer Park Ave, Kimberley, BC- April 2022 -                                                   April 2023
  • Exhibitor, Christmas Market  - Group show, November 24 - December 31, 2021 and December 2022;                                                      The Laundromat Kimberley Art Gallery, Kimberley, BC.
  • "The Creative Journey of Carol Gordon - 75 years of Life with Art" Solo exhibit, October 5 - 30, 2021,                                                       Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC.
  • "Celebrating the 75-year Creative Journey of Carol Gordon" - Solo exhibit, July 6 - 31, 2021 -                                                       Kimberley Centre 64, Kimberley, BC
  • Tour of the Arts, Wing Over the Rockies, Groups Shows, Pynelogs Cultural Centre, Invermere, BC.
  • "Changing Images of Woman," presentation at "Masculinity and Femininity, How do you call off the Game"                                          Conference, University of British Columbia.

Exhibits and creative work - Alberta:

  • Canmore Artist Guild, Canmore, AB
  • Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
  • Banff Centre, Banff, AB
  • Photographer/Reporter, Calgary Herald; Freelance photographer and writer, Western Canada

Exhibits - Regina, Saskatchewan: 

  • Mackenzie Art Gallery
  • Rosemont Gallery
  • Joe Moran Gallery
  • Al Johnson Galleria, CBC
  • Bilingual Centre, University of Regina

Exhibits and Presentations - California:

  • “Changing the Images of Women” presentation, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • “We are All Children,” Photographic Exhibit, Kaiser Centre, Oakland, CA
  • International Photographic Salon Exhibitor, Pomona County Fair, Pomona, CA
  • Hamilton High School Annual Photographic Salon Exhibitor, Los Angeles, CA

AWARDS:

  • Juror’s Choice, Alberta 75th Anniversary Exhibit, Canmore Artists and Artisans Guild Gallery, Canmore, AB
  • Scholarship to attend Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr Art School)
  • Scholarships (three) to attend Banff Centre painting and photography program
  • Honorable Mention, Banff Centre Fine Arts Festival – Photography
  • Second Place, International Photographic Salon, Pomona County Fair, Pomona, CA
  • Hamilton High School Annual Photographic Salon exhibitor/ top ribbon earner, LA, CA

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY TEACHING:

  • Pynelogs Cultural Centre & Private - "Painting from the Heart" Watercolour classes
  • Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC - Photography Instructor – photography and darkroom                                                    courses for adults
  • The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC - Photography Instructor – Provided photographic                                            courses for adults through UBC, Department of Continuing Education
  • Youth Resources Society, Vancouver, BC - Photography, Photography Instructor and Researcher/Writer
  • Berkeley Recreation Department, Berkeley, CA - Playground leader – after-school arts and crafts program                                              for elementary school age children
  • Self-employment, Los Angeles - Childhood Creative Business Ventures –                                                                                            Neighborhood children (ages 3-4) summer day camps, neighborhood newspaper, puppet shows, babysitting

SHORT COURSES/PROGRAMS:

Art Marketing online Programs:

  • Goal Setter Mentorship -​ with Ting Yuen Art
  • Build Your Art Business - with Ting Yuen Art
  • Step by Step Success with Facebook Marketing - David Emmons
  • Sell Your Art Kickstart - Kate Cary Evans

Writing Programs:

  • "Life as a Story" - Six-day Writing Retreat in Tuscany, Italy with Alison Wearing.
  • "Writing Down the Bones, Find your voice, tell your story" -                                                                                                                      online writing program with Natalie Goldberg.
  • "Memoir Writing Inc." - online writing program with Alison Wearing.
  • "Art of Personal Mythmaking" - online writing program with Janelle Hardy.
  • Ira Progoff Intensive Journal Program, New York, NY - in person and online workshops.

Painting Programs:

  • The Banff Centre, Banff, AB - Summer Painting Full-Time Programs

Photography Programs:

  • The Banff Centre, Banff, AB - Summer Photography Full-Time Programs                                                                                                  (four programs - one, two and six week in length)
  • The Gallery of Photography, Vancouver, BC
  • Mendocino Art Centre, Mendocino, CA

EDUCATION:

  • Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), Vancouver, BC – Painting
  • The University of California, Berkeley, CA - Bachelor of Arts Degree – “Culture and Creativity” -                                               An individually designed major in the humanities/social sciences/arts/political science
  • Alexander Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, CA - High School Diploma –                                                                                      Liberal Arts (including Photography)

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