About Carmen

Carmen (Bourassa) Gonzalez was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada by her French Canadian parents.  Edmonton is still her home where she lives with her Chilean husband and their three children.  She works full time as a visual fine artist and is active in the artist community.

Carmen grew up watching her artist mother paint and draw.  Due to her mother, Carmen’s true love for art began at an early age. In her teenage years, she became very passionate about drawing during her spare time. However, after completing high school, she unfortunately took a different path away from art.  Then, after a life changing experience in 2006, Carmen was guided back to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

She began her artist career as a watercolorist while being a full time mother.  She improved her skills by taking watercolour courses and was mentored by a well-known Edmonton watercolourist.  Within two years, she began exhibiting and selling her work.  In 2009, she enrolled in the Visual Fine Arts program at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and graduated in April 2013. During her studies, she discovered her style and her love for oils. Carmen has a fun contemporary pop/realism style. With oils being her primary medium, her compositions are happy, playful, and nostalgic with the use of colour and patterns.

Carmen is a member of the Night of the Artists (NOA) and a Signature member with Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA).

EDUCATION
  • Sept 2009 to April 2013 – Visual Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension
  • Sept 1993 to April 1996 – Engineer Design and Drafting Program, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
EXHIBITIONS
  • June 2016 – Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members
  • Oct 2014 – Tasting with Your Eyes – Daffodil Gallery, Solo Exhibition
  • Jun 2014 – Colourful Candy Memories – Garden Cafe Gallery, Misericordia Hospital
  • Nov 2013 – Curiosity Show, VASA Gallery, SWCA exhibition
  • Nov 2013 – Mixed Media, CAVA, group exhibition
  • April 2013 – Lure of Colourful Candy, Graduate Solo Exhibition, UofA Extension Gallery
  • April 2011 – Femmes en Or, CAVA, group exhibition
  • Sept 2010 – Fourteen, Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members
  • Mar 2010 – Celebration of Colours, CAVA, group exhibit
  • Dec 2009 – Miniatures, CAVA, group exhibition
  • Oct 2009 – Two Doze, Scotia Place Gallery, juried group exhibit for SWCA members
  • Mar 2009 – Variety of Life, CAVA, group exhibition
  • Dec 2008 – Miniatures, Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta (CAVA), group exhibit
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
  • Sept 2017 – Strathearn ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • July 2017 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • June 2017 – The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton
  • Mar 2017 – Night of Artists Art Festival (NOA), St. Albert
  • Dec 2016 – Pop-Up heART Market, 124 Street, Edmonton
  • Sept 2016 – Strathearn ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Sept 2016 – Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton
  • July 2016 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Mar 2016 – Night of Artists Art Festival (NOA), St. Albert
  • Sept 2015 – Griesbach Art in the Park, Edmonton
  • Sept 2015 – Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton
  • July 2015 – Taste of Edmonton
  • July 2015 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Mar 2015 – Night of Artists Art Festival (NOA), St. Albert
  • Nov 2014 – NOA Christmas Art Show/Sale, Edmonton
  • Nov 2014 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert
  • Sept 2014 – Riverbend “Art in the Park”, Edmonton
  • Sept 2014 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton
  • July 2014 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • May 2014 – Butterdome Spring Craft Show, Edmonton
  • May 2014 – EEK Pop Cuture Festival, St. Albert
  • Mar 2014 – Night of Artists Art Festival (NOA), St. Albert
  • Nov 2013 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert
  • Sept 2013 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton
  • July 2013 – Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton
  • July 2013 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Mar 2016 – Night of Artists Art Festival (NOA), St. Albert
  • Nov 2012 – Make It: Handmade Revolution Art/Craft Fair, St. Albert
  • Oct 2012 – Urban Mommy Expo, Craft Fair, Edmonton
  • Sept 2012 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton
  • July 2012 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Mar 2011 – 7th Annual Wine & Cheese Art Night, Freemasons Hall, Edmonton
  • Jun 2011 – Park(ed), City of Edmonton event, hired to be a Chalk Artist
  • July 2011 – Whyte Ave ArtWalk, Edmonton
  • Sept 2011 – Annual Kaleido Family Festival, Edmonton
  • Jan 2010 – Deep Freeze Festival, Arts on Ave Gallery, juried, Edmonton
  • Jun 2010 – Park(ed), City of Edmonton event, hired to be a Chalk Artist
  • Sept 2009 – Arts in the Wild, Edmonton Valley Zoo, fundraiser for Zoo
  • Sept 2008 – Arts in the Wild, Edmonton Valley Zoo, fundraiser for Zoo

 

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