In December 1984, Caroline May Stanley emerged in Cape Town, South Africa and shortly after was relocated to Calgary, AB, which remains home today. After years of scribbling on scrap paper, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2007, with a major in painting. Her graduation project
consisted of twenty-five paintings entitled Dogality that each captured the essence of a single dog’s ’personality’ through a unique colour palette. The series sprang into a self-published book in 2008 titled Dogality and a thriving career in colorful dog portraiture. Apart from her canine subjects, Caroline has always been a curious explorer and is fascinated by colour, pattern and detail found in nature. While most people would be enjoying a spectacular view, Caroline is likely to be found hovering around a tree trunk or kneeling by a lake. Her paintings capture these intimate encounters with nature in saturated realism, creating a surface to explore and experience things often overlooked. Since graduating from art school, Caroline has continued her painting practice full time in her studio at the Burns Visual Arts Society in Calgary. Here she plays with paint, dances to Michael Jackson and occasionally takes a nap on the floor. Her artwork continues to gain recognition nation wide and is eagerly sought after by art and outdoor lovers for its unique take on ‘landscape’ and vivid views of nature.