Carole Finn has had a lifetime of leadership in Haliburton Ontario to establish a school -the Haliburton School of Art and Design, a public art Gallery -Rails End Gallery and a handful of art groups of differing disciplines. After receiving the Queens Medal and many other awards for her work, Finn finally followed her hearts desire -to be a full-time professional artist in 2009. During those years of public service Carole’s education as an artist continued, firstly. at OCAD and York University Fine Arts in Toronto and of course, at her beloved community College , Haliburton, HSAD. It was at this school that she continuously enjoyed courses over the years with many of the countries top artists.
Her artistic intent was well conceived at the beginning of her professional art career. A plaque at the entrance of her Gallery/Studio where she worked and exhibited tells the story of her paintings
“My paintings, which are done in series, are an attempt to show beautiful locations whose natural integrity has either been altered by human intervention or is about to be. What is the cost our imposition on the virginal status of these lands and the inhabitants therein?”
In her landscapes, she attempts to capture not only the spirit of the place but also the atmosphere. Subjects painted are chosen to create iconographic images that make the whole area unique. Her style uses shapes, value and color to build the drama. Her animals which are part of the fabric of the environments she paints tell their stories and ask their questions through their eyes.
Finn who has always had her own gallery to exhibit her work has also had solo exhibitions and group shows in many public art galleries in Ontario. She is an elected member of the prestigious Ontario Society of Artists - OSA, Color and Form Society-CFS, and a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists -SFCA. Her work graces walls in Canada but also England Germany and in France.
Carole has been a teacher of note for many years holding weekly classes in her Studio/Gallery called the Finn Artists’ Centre in Minden in Haliburton County Ontario. In 2020 Finn moved to Victoria BC. Since then her classes have moved Online and can be found on her website .https://carolefinnartist.com
" My task as a teacher is give my students all the knowledge they will need to be able to be "the Explorer" in their own artwork."