Betty Carlson – June Artist Spotlight

Oceana is on view from June 1st to 30th, showcasing works from nine Malcolm Island artists, each exploring the ocean’s beauty, its inhabitants, and the intricate relationship between the sea and our island community. Throughout the month we’ll be chatting with each artist participating in our latest summer exhibition.

Below is our first a rapid fire Q&A with Betty Carlson:


What prompted you to start creating art?

Whether it’s sewing, cooking or painting it’s a form of art making. My busy hand eventually led me to making with color expression combining what I think with what I do.


What were the inspirations for your art piece?
Nothing I make compares with what nature has come up with. Extravagant colors, weird shapes, oddities of all kinds can be found in the ocean. My imagination gets to run freely when i am making fish shapes.

Can you tell us about the materials you worked with?
Skeleton leaves, acrylic paint, paper, ink, resin, pastes.

What’s your favourite style of work?
I enjoy textures so mixed media is often my go to style.

What would you say to an aspiring artist?

Experiment; don’t get bogged down in trying to be “good”. That may come later after a lot of work and play. Use many techniques and tools until you find what works for you.

Thanks Betty!

Above photo: Betty Carlson

On view

Click below to see a video of the exhibition’s reception, the artists, and the art on view. If you’re interested in purchasing any of the works on display, pleace reach out to us at by text or calling 250-230-9650, or contacting us through Facebook or Instagram. Thank you to all of our artists, and Jim Blohm (videographer) for putting this lovely video together.