Carol Knowlton-DorityCarol Knowlton-Dority
Visual Artist, B.A., B.Ed.
phone: 416-223-5197


My artistic vision brings together contemporary visual art with meditative practice in order to consider the relationship between reflection and transformation.

I begin from the perspective that there is no right way to look at a painting, only “ways of viewing”, which can open up different paths toward self-reflection.

I aim to encourage viewers to cultivate new ways of looking through mindful reflection. I strive to create art works that stir insight, bring people together, and encourage conversation.

My paintings evolve out of my own meditation practice. In my recent body of work, “Exploration Series,” I use creative realism to articulate a space between the imagined world and reality, where the subject is situated ambiguously in their environment.

How does one act in such moments of turbulence? This question emerged from the context of my own life and serves as the inspiration for this series.

In this collection, I evoke the contingency of the present and portray a multiplicity of possible futures. I explore the evolving nature of emotional experience, touching on themes of love, loss, desire, and hope. Because emotional experience is at the heart of these works they bridge various social boundaries and inspire connection across difference.

My paintings offer a way of exploring and developing compassion for the deep parts of oneself and of others.

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  • Canadian Living Magazine, a variety of “How To” craft articles for both the magazine and the web-magazine from 2010-2012, - see here »
  • Life Design Portfolio, by Buffy Knowlton, Meditation, image, 2010
  • Carol at workSacred Expressions, A Collection of Art by Anglicans, published by Anglican Church of Canada. 2007 - details »
  • Off the Wall, Message from the President, published by Mural Routes 2004-2005
  • surface and symbol, “Art and Meaning: A Post 9/11 Collision Course”, Scarborough Arts Council, 2005 - see article here »
  • Ferment: Christianity in Transition, published by The Anglican Centre for Theological Dialogue,
    • Special Edition 2004, Spring/Summer Edition, Article and 5 Images
    • Winter 2002, image and Artist Statement
  • Toronto Moose Prints, Graydon Hall Designer Showcase Catalogue, 2000 - details on Moose in the City here »
  • The BSS Magazine, produced by The Bishop Strachan School, Fall 1999

  • Speaker: "Visual Tactile Murals", 15th National Mural Symposium, 2012, Essex, Ontario - see here »
  • Mural Routes: Board of Directors 2002-2004, President of the Board 2004-2014; Not-for-Profit organization which promotes the development of of public wall »
  • Royal Conservatory of Music, Resonant Learning Symposium Speaker: Transforming Conflict: Crossing Cultural Boundaries in Arts Education, 2007
  • Art & Theology Committee, University of Toronto, 2004-2005
  • Meditation and Art Committee, Nalanda College, University of Toronto, 2005
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