About Caroline Butler
Caroline was born in Thunder Bay, ON, and bounced around between the Kootenay Region of BC, Fredericton, NB, and Vancouver Island before finally settling in Calgary in 2001. Her physical travels are nothing compared to her mental ones and though her creative outlets vary, they all come back to a love of discovery. With a mechanical engineer for a father and a hairdressing mother, Caroline grew up recognizing that creativity could be discovered in any number of places, and the more unsuspected, the better. Caroline spent two years in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Victoria before pursuing art independently through classes and workshops. Her current mediums of choice are oils and block printing, with a focus on whimsical creations and "less than cuddly" creatures. Caroline's work can be found in collections throughout western Canada, though a few pieces have made it overseas.
The goal of all my work is to bring a sense of whimsy and discovery to the viewer. People often ask where the ideas come from and I wish I knew! The robot series started out as still life studies and morphed into small explorers, discovering the world and universe around us. With my love of both nature and the fantastical, other unusual and surrealistic concepts easily started pouring from my mind onto canvas.
All my pieces start with lots of sketches and studies from reference photos, scientific literature, videos and life. I want to portray subjects in a somewhat realistic manner, even if they don’t (or can’t!) really exist. The concept determines the medium - oils allow me to convey ideas in a more traditional manner, while linocut and mixed media allow me to explore ideas more graphically. With both, I aim to keep the sense of joy and wonder that I have when creating the piece.
April 2020 - Spring Show - Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter - Online
October 2015 to 2019 - Calyx Distinctive Arts Fall Show - Calgary, AB
June 2018 to 2019 - Art for the Artist in You - Framed on Fifth Gallery - Calgary, AB
September 2016 - Whimsybotical - Framed on Fifth Gallery - Calgary, AB
April 2013 - Calyx Distinctive Arts - Calgary, AB
March 2012 - Without Words - Framed on Fifth Gallery - Calgary, AB