Carmen (Bourassa) Gonzalez was born and raised (by her French Canadian parents) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which is where she continues to live and create today. She is married with three grown children with her Chilean born husband.
As a teenager, Carmen began learning her art skills from her artist mother. After completing high school, she worked as an administrative assistant for many years. She then went to college and graduated in the Engineer Design & Drafting program in 1996.
Becoming a full time artist was not the career path she intended. Sadly, her life changed in an instant with an unfortunate car accident. However, life’s unforeseen circumstances incredibly ended up pushing her toward an art career.
After eight years of struggling with serious injuries from a car accident, Carmen entered into a five week long rehabilitation program. Upon returning home from rehab, she immediately began taking watercolour classes as part of her recovery therapy. One year later, she began selling her paintings while being a full time mother of three young children.
In 2009, Carmen enrolled in the Visual Fine Arts program at the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and graduated in April 2013. Her fun modern contemporary style leans mostly towards realism while also having elements of illustration, pop, and pattern art. Her compositions are happy, playful, and nostalgic with the use of bold colours and patterns.