For those who don't know (what!?), Gord Downie is the lead singer, songwriter and driving creative force behind The Tragically Hip. I was never a fan of Gord's music (I might be an anomaly), but I am an admirer of his work as a compassionate human being and the legacy he left Canada. 

  Rare Bird: Gord Downie    12 x 12 inches    Oil & metal leaf on canvas    2018

Rare Bird: Gord Downie

12 x 12 inches

Oil & metal leaf on canvas


"The last 150 years aren't as much worth celebrating as we think," Downie said. "But the new 150 years can be years of building an actual nation. Imagine if they were part of us and we them, how incredibly cool it would make us?"

In this excerpt from an article Rolling Stone published after his death, Gord Downie is, of course, referring to the indigenous people of Canada. We have so much work to do in the way of unifying this country and making peace with the horrific mistakes made in our history. 

10% of every sale will be split and donated to First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and The Gord Downie Chenie Wenjack Fund. Both are incredibly worthy causes, so if you know a Tragically Hip fan, please consider purchasing one or two as a gift knowing you will be contributing to aid in healing our country. This is my way, albeit a tiny step in contributing to helping create change. 

Please read this article that explains why reconciliation is so important:




8 x 8 = $25

10 x 10 = $35

12 x 12= $45

16 x 16 = $60


8 x 8 =$110

10 x 10 = $125

12 x 12 = $150

*shipping is extra and dependent on size and type of print purchased, and where it is being delivered. For all questions:

*Don't see the size you want? Please contact Caroline: for pricing. 

Payments accepted in Canada via e-transfer to Payments accepted everywhere else via Paypal to


*Limited Edition Mini heART warmers....

*Only 16 available!

Dispel cold heART spells this February with these miniature paintings. I suggest offering your heART in a small velvet bag to encourage travel - your miniheART warmer can be carried everywhere. Put it on your desk at work for welcome eye (and heART warming) candy throughout the day, or hang it in a neglected corner that needs a splash. It makes for a perfect anchor point on a bookshelf. The options of these versatile little pieces are endless!


2 x 2 in = $25

2 x 3 in = $28

2 x 4 in =  $30

3 x 3 in = $35

4 x 4 = $45 

You might love more than one person - who am I to judge? OR, you might want one for yourself AND your love. Maybe you know many people who could use some heART warming, or maybe you want to set them up side by side as a triptych. This deal is for you....

Spread the love!

 *Purchase 3 or more (of any size) and receive 10% off...

*Shipping & handling:

$*6.00 - Canada (add $1.00 for each additional painting over 3 pieces)

$*8.00 - US (add $1.00 for each additional painting over 3 pieces)

 UK & elsewhere contact us for pricing:

*shipping for 4 x 4 piece will be slightly higher since it is a 1.5 inch depth canvas - add $3.00

Payment is accepted by e-transfer within Canada and Paypal outside of Canada paid to


 In good company....

In good company....

 vertical triptych.....

vertical triptych.....

 miniHEART in hand

miniHEART in hand

The Royal Furmyns - Part III:

A Holiday Special in September

 Maude the Faerie Queen 

Maude the Faerie Queen 

LAST CALL FOR FURMYN COMMISSIONS! If you're reading this for the first time and are wondering what on earth a "Furmyn" is, scroll down to the bottom of the page. 


The price is $275 (reg $350)
*Please note there will only be 2 sizes to choose from:
 11 x 14 or 12 x 12 inches. The shape will be chosen at my discretion based on the photograph you send in that will work best with the composition. 
*One animal per painting only
*Shipping is extra and will be based on location (approx $18 in North America that includes insurance and tracking)

If you have ever wanted a Furmyn, or you need an idea for a special gift for someone, NOW IS THE TIME! If you purchase this today, that's one less gift you need to worry about come December!


More general information about The Furmyns can be found HERE

To see more paintings of The Furmyns, go to the Galleries section and scroll down to 'The Royal Furmyns' HERE

Please contact me at for inquiries.


the Inner Swan Transformation

 Arrival   24 x 24 inches   Oil and metal leaf on wood panel  2017


24 x 24 inches 

Oil and metal leaf on wood panel


How art saved me...

“To be born in a duck’s nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan’s egg”

I know you haven't seen much from Garnet & Ashes lately. Having navigated a rather turbulent year, and rediscovering my footing, I am reemerging from a period of intensive self-reflection and change. I had surgery near the end of 2016 to alleviate chronic pain from endometriosis and early in 2017, moved across the city. More changes are on the horizon as I am set to start a graduate program in Expressive Arts Therapy in September 2017 at The Create Institute. This is vitally important work for me – I am going in with the focus of being able to pass the torch of inspiration to others challenged by lack of traditional tools and support while experiencing life's turbulence. Please stay tuned as I share my experiences of helping others build resilience through the act of creating and becoming, through their own chosen forms of self-expression. Art saved my life by giving voice to my inner wounds and I want to pass it on. All of my work sold going forward will be helping support my studies over the next few years! (*I've also started a fundraiser to help achieve this essential goal!)

For most of my life, the timeless story of The Ugly Duckling has resonated with me as a metaphor for my life. Having always felt like I was hatched in the wrong nest, I've been searching for my identity, niche and home ever since. Many a time have I found myself chased away from environments and situations that felt inhospitable to someone who lacked the conventional accoutrements one acquires through a healthy foundational model that are essential for being accepted in a typical social 'flock' and setting. I attempted, over and over, to conform to societal scripts and wanted to fit in desperately, but every time I tried, I failed. The truth is that without a healthy developmental foundation, attempting to climb a ladder that isn't yours with rungs missing is exhausting and fruitless. Despite my feeling of being an outsider, I refused to succumb to my circumstances and from a young age, it became my ultimate intention to overcome the adversity that had robbed me of typical experiences, to create the life that I wanted. I was determined not to let my adult identity and quality of life be compromised.

Mainly, I didn't have the advantages that so many people take for granted. I lacked essential things like basic nurturing and guidance, a traditional/consistent/normal and/or stable daily "healthy" life due to a dysfunctional and abusive childhood. My sister and I were tossed from one foster home to another (where I experienced emotional, physical, and sexual abuse), changing schools and not gaining the stability that comes from such habitual patterns of behaviour that makes one secure and sure in their footing, "normality" was anything but familiar to me. We lacked what psychologists call a "coherent narrative". As a child I remember feeling as though I never fit in: at home or outside of it. This followed me well into adulthood. I don't remember experiencing pure unadulterated joy either – it is something that always seemed elusive. The constant threat in childhood of being torn away loomed over me so that during those brief moments of happiness (eg: swimming in a pool on a hot summer day with my best friend in childhood) were always clouded by the terror of impending separation that would see me returning to yet another foster home. My heart always felt heavy and full of sadness and this likely made me stand out in a crowd of relatively stable people. Overtime, and over many years I might add, I had to teach myself how to be happy – and yet this was a pivotal insight gained – I realised I had some control over my wellbeing and circumstances if I took action to help myself, I had to teach myself how to live in the world as my own guiding light. No one was going to save me, but me - and that required action.

I don't share any of this to ensure I have your sympathy, but rather to provide a glimpse of the larger picture that has been my life. Nothing has come easily to me. I have had to crawl most of the way uphill only to have my footing removed from underneath me when I thought I was finally getting ahead. And yet, one thing has been my constant through all of my hardships: my ability to create. Through all the anxiety, rejection and unsure footing, the buttery mass of pigment to canvas through painting has guided my turbulent thoughts and emotions and given it all a tangible voice. My screams of silence, frustration, beauty, and empowerment, now quietly hang on walls in homes across the world – all extensions of my tempestuous inner world. Glimpses of epiphanies and triumphs, all expressed though paint and line. Creativity has instilled resilience and persistence in me whenever I am faced with difficulties. Indeed, it has been my own personal compass and lighthouse. It has given me a quality of life that has replaced the emphasis on a passionate struggle to be happy with a more sustainable long road form of contentedness in the form of meaning, and purpose.

My "home" it turns out, is in the form of my own painted hatchlings. Through my creations, I've become part of a family in the form of a supportive, artistic community and flock. I've allowed myself self-examination through the therapeutic practise of creating. In turn, I have nurtured myself into self-awareness and now have the ability to experience joy. Art saved me, now it's time to pass on the secret key of resilience to others; the inner swan. 

(*You can help me by donating to the fundraiser I've started to help me achieve this goal!)





I mentioned a while ago that I was going to push myself outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself with paintings inspired by my trip to England and Scotland this past July. 

As I've nearly always focused on the human body, this is going to be an ongoing exploration of colour, paint and brushwork application in the form of seascapes, sky-scapes, as well as landscapes (emotional & sometimes literal). 

Introducing the first 5 pieces!

I'm offering these at a special early work introductory offer for a limited time only. 

 LANDING  *SOLD*   6 x 6 in (15.24 x 15.24 cm)  Oil on Cradled Birch Wood Panel  2016        INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $300 (REG: $500) (+$5 shipping)
6 x 6 in (15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Oil on Cradled Birch Wood Panel

      INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $300 (REG: $500) (+$5 shipping)

 CASCADE OVER OXFORD   *SOLD*    9 x 12in (22.86 x 30.48cm)  Mixed Media Oil Painting on Birch Cradled Wood Panel  2016  In Private Collection  Available as a print. 


9 x 12in (22.86 x 30.48cm)

Mixed Media Oil Painting on Birch Cradled Wood Panel


In Private Collection

Available as a print. 

 NIMBUS   *SOLD*    5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78cm)  Oil on Cradled Wood Panel   2016  INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $85 REG: $150 (+$5 shipping)


5 x 7 in (12.7 x 17.78cm)

Oil on Cradled Wood Panel 


INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $85 REG: $150 (+$5 shipping)

 AMBROSIA   *SOLD*    6 x 8in (15.24 x 20.32cm)  Oil Paint on Cradled Wood Panel  2016  In private collection. 


6 x 8in (15.24 x 20.32cm)

Oil Paint on Cradled Wood Panel


In private collection. 

 VIOLET ESCAPE  10 x 10 in (25.4 x 25.4cm)  Oil Paint On Cradled Birch Wood Panel  2016  INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $550 REG: $700 (+$15 shipping)   ***ALSO AVAILABLE AS A 10 x 10 inch STRETCHED CANVAS PRINT (READY TO HANG!) for $145


10 x 10 in (25.4 x 25.4cm)

Oil Paint On Cradled Birch Wood Panel


INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $550 REG: $700 (+$15 shipping)


For all inquiries, please contact Caroline by email: Payments accepted by

Introducing the FURMYN 2017 Calendar!

It is with great pleasure that Garnet & Ashes announces the brand new#Furmyn 2017 Calendar! This edition will mainly be filled with some of the first collection of Furmyns created last winter. SEE THEM HERE:

Some Furmyns will have their very own page and some will share the page with others (dependent on how the composition works best with the layout). We wanted to try to fit in as many as possible!

The calendar prices will be offered as follows:

8 + = $20 each ***PLUS 2 FREE!
7 + = $21 each ***PLUS 1 FREE!
6 + = $22 each
5 + = $24 each
4 + = $26 each
3 + = $28 each
2 + = $30 each
1 + = $33 each


*Shipping is extra and will be dependent upon the amount of calendars purchased and destination: 

7+ = $16
4-6 = $13
1-3 = $10

Within Canada:
Local pick-up available!
7+ = $14
4-6 = $10
1-3 = $8

(If you are in the UK/Europe, shipping can be quite pricey, so please send us a message and we'll discuss.) 

Please let us know HOW MANY calendars you will want by September 21st by adding yourself to the FACEBOOK EVENT INVITE or sending a private email to We will then contact you for payment before we place the order (anticipating the last week/first week of October).

Payment is via Email money transfer for those in Canada, and Paypal for those in the US/elsewhere. ***For those in Canada wanting to use Paypal, please be advised 2% will be added to the total to cover processing fees. 


Purple Reign

Now that my studio is sufficiently covered in purple, I give you "Purple Reign" straight from the easel. 


Original still available: $495

12 x 12 inches

Oil and metal leaf on canvas



As requested, prints are being made available!



8 x 8 = 110

10 x 10= 125

12 x 12 = 150


10 x 10 = 30.00

12 x 12= 40.00

16 x 16 = 57

See more options HERE

Don't see the size you want listed? Email to request a price quote. 

As always, we accept payment through e-mail money transfer or Paypal. 








Ashes to Stardust.


A tribute to planet Earth's own personal Bright Star: David Robert Jones, The Man Who Sold The World, Ziggy Stardust, John Blaylock, Vendice Partners, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Pierrot, Jarred The Goblin King, otherwise known as the only and only, David Bowie. I may just have to create a whole series based on each of Bowie's personas, but for now, here is my tribute to Mr. Stardust. I painted this while listening to him non-stop in celebration. <3

The original has sold to a private collector, but I will be offering this as a giclée print in various sizes, either on archival Epson Matte paper, so that you can choose your own frame later, as well as a ready-to-hang stretched canvas print [ looks nearly identical to what you see in the images]


8 x 8 = 105

10 x 10= 118

12 x 12 =-144


10 x 10 = 22.00

12 x 12= 31.75

16 x 16 = 57



Email: for inquiries. 


Chanelle: Queen of Fire


This vision of royalty was inspired by a gorgeous cinematic photograph taken of Chanelle by the talented, Shawn Winchester of Phoenix, Arizona (and used with his blessing for reference). I was struck by how perfectly he'd captured Chanelle's essence in its entirety, with the lighting choices enhancing her apparel. She is the embodiment of a huntress of wild, untamed and majestic fortitude –very much mirroring Chanelle's heART and appetite for life. 

Chanelle: Queen of Fire is on her first day of royal duty as an addition to The Queen Series, just one day after Elizabeth II, became the longest-reigning British monarch on 9 September 2015, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Victoria.

Her fiery command is drawn from the elements of red hot desert sand and skies of royal blue; winds that ride on the currents of dreams; sultry songs and earthy scotch notes; smokey dust kicked up from boots on an imperfect and gritty road; visions through the lens of a scorched heART, rising from smouldering ash into a generously inflated and plumping of rose dore, brushing against creamy whipped clouds; embraced by grizzly bear sized courage, with a patina tarnished compass kiss that guides her way as collected feathers make way for wings; the tips pointing in the direction of the sun, moon and stars.

 Chanelle: Queen of Fire, 24 x 30 inches,&nbsp;oil and metal leaf on canvas, 2015

Chanelle: Queen of Fire, 24 x 30 inches, oil and metal leaf on canvas, 2015