About

Once Upon A Time...

Every great story begins this way.

Portrait of Artist Carolynn Anctil

“Ever since I can remember, my imagination has been a place of refuge and comfort for me.”

Carolynn Anctil

Welcome Kindred Spirit

Whether it’s a love of country living or a lighthearted view of life, you enjoy a touch of whimsy and are delighted by everyday magic.

You’re a creative thinker, with a curious mind and your favourite question is “What if?”. 

You imagine a world where the fantastical exists and possibility abounds. 

You believe in serendipity and listen to the small whispers in your soul that tell you life doesn’t have to be so hard.

You dream of a life of serenity and ease and a return to simpler times. 

We find comfort, strength, and connection in the stories of others.  We share a playful imagination and chickens are our idea of the ideal pet.

Okay, maybe that last bit’s just me.

One thing’s for certain, you love the thrill of discovery and you are inspired by unique, joyful artwork that appeals to your playful side. You want to decorate your home and your life with artwork that brightens your day and makes your soul sing.

Your home is your sanctuary and you want the artwork you display to reflect your desire to live a life of harmony.

You’ve come to the right place.

About the Artist

I was born in the 1960’s to parents who had endured the hardships of the  Great Depression. Times were turbulent, both inside and outside my home, so I sought solace in beauty and make-believe.  My imagination has always been my favourite companion.

When the time came…

for me to choose a career path, my parents did their best to discourage me from pursuing a career in graphic design, understandably citing the difficulties they believed this choice presented to make a decent living.

Nevertheless, I persevered…

and put myself through art college, only to drop out after the first year. Feeling discouraged, I entered the mainstream corporate world, dressed for success in a wardrobe of black, and eventually built a successful 20 year career as an art dealer working first with the renowned Susan Clark Gallery of Gem Art and then with the Inuit Art Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.

One constant that remained…

was the desire I nurtured to create a life lived in peace and serenity in a little country cottage where I could make art to my heart’s content.

Fast forward to the present.

I now reside in a 100 year old farmhouse on the Canadian prairies with my husband, our dog and 2 cats. Surrounded by farmer’s fields, we enjoy the company of grazing cattle, a resident fox family, deer and the occasional skunk that wanders through our yard. Meadowlarks and coyotes serenade us on a daily basis.

I am, at my essence,

a watercolour illustrator, storyteller, and photographer. My style of art creation is lighthearted, with a hint of magic, and invites the viewer to recall a time in our collective memories when life was simple and kind. 

I aspire to live a life of simplicity and slow living and I am in awe of nature with all her grace and majesty. I believe in serendipity and am always on the lookout for everyday magic and mystery.

Once upon a time,

are magical words that conjure up adventure and intrigue. Possibility is steeped in every syllable.

This short phrase is at the core of my being.

It’s the essence of my identity, where fantasy and reality co-exist on an ever changing plane.

My story continues. I’m so glad you’ve joined me.

Flatlay photo of a self-portrait of the artist, Carolynn Anctil, against a black background. A pink poppy lays on the left, 3 watercolour paint swatches in yellow, purple and grey are in the top right corner and a watercolour paintbrush is on the bottom right corner.

Join The Club

Get Fun Perks, Special Discounts, and Secret Surprises.
* indicates required
This form collects your name and email so that I can get in touch with you to share new works of art, upcoming events, and periodic updates on projects. By signing up, I understand I'm opting in for  promotional sales,