Carolanne MacLean


Carolanne MacLean was born in Toronto in 1949. She is a graduate with honours of the Ontario College of Art in Fine Art and has a B.A. from the University of Toronto.Her 2D works are a study in light, colour and texture, sometimes involving the figure, often nonrepresentational. She pursues the beauty of the figure through a regular sculpture practice with Mississauga Sculpture Studio.

Ways I Work

What do you listen to when you work?

When I paint, I require quiet. It helps me tune in.

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

My favourite spot in Toronto is Ashbridges Bay, where I go to sit and watch the ducks and swans.

Favourite movie

My favourite movie is Mary Poppins. I feel it covers so much of human experience, keeps delight alive, has wonderful music and redeems the mean father. I always cry during "Let's go fly a kite!"

When did you start making art, and why?

I began making art after seeing a Monet haystack painting in Paris on a backpacking trip after university. I felt instant kinship with that image, was stunned by the beauty and comfort in it and signed up for two courses at OCA when I returned. I finally graduated with honours in Fine Art.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

I feel completely different when viewing something of beauty. I think it soothes the soul to have a corner of your house that you walk by each day and receive that little boost from the universe.

Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words

I think my art appeals to those who are emotional, sensitive and deep.

Favourite artist(s) right now

My favourite artist right now is Pierre Bonnard. I love the joyous natural light reflecting in his interiors.

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

When I am not making art I am a musician. I teach piano and violin in my neighbourhood and go busking with my violin.

Favourite medium

My favourite medium right now is encaustic. I love the surprises it gives you through scraping, gouging and melting the surface.

Least favourite movie

I felt traumatized by Scarface's brutality.


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