Vancouver artist Carol McQuaid loves the contemplation involved in capturing a scene. She works on location, carrying her watercolour sketchbook journals on her travels around Vancouver and her frequent travel adventures further afield. Author of the book "On Keeping A Sketchbook Journal", she is a huge proponent of sketching as a way to wake up and really see the world around us.
After experimenting with printmaking, she was torn: continue with atmospheric watercolour that she loved or switch to this exciting, bolder medium. Instead, she decided to do some research and figure out a way to combine them both.
"I love cities; the stories, the history, the energy. For me, the combination of relief printmaking and watercolour is a perfect way to capture them. The printmaking portion acts as the constructed environment, and the watercolour the more temporary, changeable element".
Carol is a Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, with her "Rooftops of Montmartre" linocut/watercolour winning first place in their 2015 Landscape Show. She's a self-professed Artist in Residence junkie, and part of the Vancouver Collective "13 Feet Off The Ground". Sign up for her newsletter for updates on her latest adventures.