Carol (Kraft) Ursel was born and educated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her love of art was formed at an early age. She is largely self-taught but has benefited from various workshops over the years.
She is married and has three grown up children, and nine grandchildren. In the early 1970’s, Carol’s husband’s career took the family to Montreal where the Laurentian Mountains inspired her study of landscapes in oil. Several years later, upon her return to Manitoba, she began studying the use of watercolors. Her paintings are usually bold with bright colors and they range from realistic to impressionistic in their style. A ladybug is her trademark and will be found in all of her paintings.
Her desire is that the viewer felt a part of the painting – walking down the painted path – holding the child’s hand – or perhaps smelling the flowers. Her belief is that we should view the world as a canvas, full of color and wonder.
Jim and Carol presently reside in Kelowna and she paints in her home studio. Her medium of choice is acrylic. Her subject is either from her imagination or from a picture that she has taken.
She is an active member of the Foundation of Canadian Artists and the Kelowna Palette Club.
Her paintings are hanging across Canada and the United States.