Karole Marois, originally from Ottawa, is a Canadian figurative painter based in Prince Edward County Ontario.
A Fine Arts graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, she also holds a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence Italy, where she spent many hours studying the work of the Renaissance Masters.
With a specialty in drawing the human figure, Karole freelanced as a courtroom artist, portraitist and portrait teacher while pursuing a career as a full time professional artist. For several years, she painted historical murals for Parks Canada and the National Museums. Murals introduced her to working large scale using acrylic paint. Between mural contracts, she continued to display her own personal artwork in exhibitions.
Karole received a number of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and her paintings can be found in private and public collections across Canada, the US and Europe. Two of her large multi-panel figurative installations, completed after an art residency with the Canadian Forces Artist Program in 2005, are now in the collections of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the City Hall of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Connections with nature and with each other are recurring themes in all of Karole’s artwork. Since moving her home and studio to the shore of Lake Ontario, she has been especially fascinated by our connection with water. Combining her passion for depicting the human form and a lifelong love of water, she uses transparency and fluidity in her waterscapes to create a sense of transience and timelessness that engages the viewer's imagination.
Karole lives with her husband, an avid sailor, near Prinyers Cove on the Cressy peninsula.