Carolyn Bell, an artist living in Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada has created a series of traditional and modern icons, drawings, and watercolours over the last few years. Her modern icon series consists of many commissions (jazz legend Blossom Dearie, Canadian writers Jane Rule and Margaret Atwood, New York writer Fran Lebowitz, artist Hieronymus Bosch, and philosopher Michel Foucault, among others) that reside in homes across Canada.
Carolyn’s most recent work in abstract impressionism has added another layer to a body of work that also includes drawings. She became fascinated with the novels of Iris Murdoch and had the unforgettable experience of envisioning some of Murdoch’s characters appear to her as they spoke from the page. For her own amusement and from a deep respect and appreciation for Murdoch’s work, she began drawing the characters which eventually took her to London to bring her new series to the Iris Murdoch Conference in September 2012 and subsequent conferences.
As well as the visual arts, Carolyn is a writer, cabaret singer/composer, and editor. A graduate from the Masters Program in Leadership from Royal Roads University, she enjoys works with others to facilitate confidence and exploration in all the expressive arts.
Carolyn has exhibited in various venues around Vancouver.