Carol McQuaid loves the contemplation involved in capturing a scene. Honing her ability to document space with an early career in interior design and architectural rendering, her style is now looser and more immediate.

She works primarily on location, carrying her watercolour sketchbook journals on her travels around her native Vancouver and on her frequent travel adventures abroad.

Author of the book “On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal” and the popular blog “Sketchalina’s Wanderings”, she is a huge proponent of sketching as a way to wake up and really see the world around us.

Urban elements such as signage and iconic structures appear frequently in her work, which she then translates to larger scale paintings and linocut prints.

Carol received her design and architectural rendering training at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, graduating in ’93, and has furthered her studies with several painting workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest.

She was awarded an artist residency in 2010 at the Toni Onley Project in Wells, BC, and has been part of the Okanagan Plein Aire Painters Group which paints, shows and raises funds for The Penticton Art Gallery through their annual auction.

Since returning to Vancouver, Carol has become a member of The Malaspina Printmakers Society on Granville Island.

“I love the drama of relief printmaking; the physical act of carving the plates and pulling the prints.

I was torn between this and using watercolour to convey a sense of atmosphere, until it occurred to me that I could combine them both in a single image”.

Carol’s hope is to instill in the viewer a sense of being there, seeing a familiar scene through borrowed eyes, and sharing an emotional response to these places we inhabit every day.


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