Carol Biberstein

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Brampton artist-illustrator Carol Biberstein has drawn and painted all of her life. Carol studied art fundamentals and illustration at Sheridan College.

She has done educational book illustrations for many large publishers including Scholastic Press, Oxford, Harcourt Brace, Nelson and Addison Wesley. Also, Carol has illustrated various young adult novel covers. In 2001, she wrote and illustrated her first picture book, entitled Great Grandma's Rocking Chair, published by Small World Publishing. For this accomplishment, she won a 2001 City of Brampton Arts Acclaim Award. Siemens and Pharma Plus are among her non-publishing corporate clients.

Carol works from life, photos or her imagination, focusing on portraits, pet paintings and paintings of houses, along with her illustrations. Her specialty, which she is known for is the Life Story Portrait, a montage compilation of a person's portrait with significant people and places around it.

She works in a variety of different mediums including charcoal, pen and ink, pastel, acrylics and scratchboard, though she specializes in watercolour. She uses a realistic but loose style, with tighter areas as focal points in the painting.

From 1988 to 1996, she taught English as a Second Lanuage to adult immigrants, and since 1991 has been a well-known, permanent fixture at the Farmer's Market. She has taught various art courses around Brampton.

She has won a People's Choice Award at the Art Gallery of Peel's Juried Art Show in 1996, and honourable mention at The Great Canadian Mail Art Show, Artway. She also has held an annual solo Christmas show at the Four Corners branch of the Brampton Public Library since 1999.

Carol is a member of Visual Arts Brampton and CANSCAIP.

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