My illustrated bio (short and sweet)
My name is Camille Lauren, and I I have graduated with a Bachelors in Design, with a major in illustration from OCAD University in Toronto and I have also briefly studied Jewelry Design at Edna Manley College in Jamaica. have a creative business called art of Ciel, where I execute big visions. I do graphic design, paint custom commissions, create illustrations, and do body art. One of the most exhilarating things for me to do is create art live on the spot at special events.
I hope that by living a creative life, I can empower others to use their voice and express themselves with their innate creativity.
My “niche” is storytelling with acrylic paint and mixed media. I currently work as a fine artist, illustrator and designer. My latest collection is called "Paradiso", and it embodies the 'art of Ciel' aesthetic. The categories include sun/solo, sand/santu, sea/ocean, sky/shelu, flowers/flora, and fauna/bestia, which are all named after the elements in my native tongue of Papiamento. These pieces signify a longing for a language once spoken and a place once known; the paradise of a childhood spent on the island of Bonaire. Bonaire is one of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) in the Netherlands Antilles. The series beckons the viewer to close their eyes and daydream with the artist. To think of the strokes of the sand, the heat of the sun, the calm of the sea, and the sweetness of the breeze.
Although born on the small Netherlands Antilles’ island of Curaçao, I spent my early years living in Bonaire until my family moved to Canada when I was six. My childhood memories are of creative art sessions with my mom, Flamingo sightings, and trips to the beach on the weekends. The “island aesthetic” is evident in much of my work. I am drawn to the storyscapes found in popular culture, daily life, and the intimate conversations that people have about triumph and struggle. I strongly believe that it is important to be bold and brave in the sharing of our narratives.
I recently created illustrations which were featured in a social media campaign for Reebok's Torch Hex shoe. I was also credited as the Set Decorator for The Blind Stigma, a documentary on Mental Health in the ethnic community, which premiered at the Royal Cinema in Toronto. Produced by Stacy-Ann Buchanan Productions, my paintings were specifically selected for, and featured prominently alongside those interviewed for the film. I also created a set of illustrations for the Huffington Post Story, “Huffington Post: Stigma and Silence: Black Canadians and The Fight for Mental Health Awareness. Huffington Post Living editor Arti Patel took home a gold award in the red (consumer) category for Best Article or Series for this feature.