pat carbonneau ~ artist bio


As a retired psychologist living in Ottawa, Pat Carbonneau has been involved with art in various ways for many years. In University she took almost all of her options in the Department of Fine Arts. There she learned a great deal about the history of art and art theories. Since then she has taken several painting courses and workshops, has exhibited in numerous shows and galleries, and has become a recognized locally for her emotionally evocative work, from figurative to abstract.

Over the years Pat has experimented with oils, acrylics, sumi-e brush painting, watercolor, collage and gyotako (the art of painting with real fish). Always experimenting, she recently has worked mainly with mixed media, acrylics and encaustics.

"There are definitely strong links between my work as a psychologist and my approach to my art. For me all deal with an inner experience. Subjects, either brought up in therapy sessions or appearing in my art work, often unconscious energies, point to issues that are usually both personal and universal. I am not always certain why I choose a certain subject, or colour, but believe that there is a connection with my inner world that is coming into creation."

Pat was a core artist at the Crichton Street Gallery (closed Feb 2020); Electric Street Gallery, at the same location, is very pleased to represent her.