Growing up in Toronto Aunaray C.Clusiau aka Carol Clusiau was blessed by location to frequent the plethora of art galleries available to her. A rigorous enthusiasm prompted her to take her first art classes at the Ontario College of Art where the instructors invited models right off the street, with large-bellies, lots of wrinkles, wearing nothing but a bottle of rum.
Little did she know she would spend the next seven years as an art student, unwilling to give up the pleasures of so many tools and mediums. Engaging in everything possible from sculpture, photography, painting and drawing to pottery and performance. It was impossible to narrow down the choices to just one major.
After apprenticing in Victoria, BC with Mexican painter Luis Merino, she was accepted into The Emily Carr College of Art and Design and was well on her way to becoming a painter herself.
In 1990, when forced to decide on a major, she made an about face and entered the film department headed by David Rimmer - one of the most important experimental filmmakers working in Canada today. Rimmer is a key figure in the avant-garde film movement and the 2011 winner of the Governer General's award in Visual and Media Arts.
Before graduating from Emily Carr College in 1993, as a Film major, she was awarded six scholarships including the Jean Oser Award of Merit, The Joseph Golland Memorial Scholarship, The Helen Pitt Award as well as The Drawing Exhibition Award.
Her success in film led to many more awards including her first film, Do Not Feed This Child (1992) and (1993) See Dick Run, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Montreal Film Festival and The Oregon Film Festival.
Fresh out of Art School and knee deep in debt, Aunaray (Carol Clusiau at the time) succumbed when sought out by a local Karaoke Music Video Company where she went on to direct 70 music videos for an Asian market. She realized that it was a lot more fun to play with someone else's money and it was here that she discovered hidden talents for choreographing dance as well as set and wardrobe design.
Rescue from the strange milieu of Karaoke came in 1995 through acceptance into the prestigious Canadian Film Centre as a Director in Residency where she was challenged to approach the craft with a more conventional, less experimental, dramatic narrative.
After receiving a Canada Council grant and funding from CTV to write, direct and produce Karaoke Queen about her experiences in the unique world of Karaoke, Aunaray moved back to Vancouver in 1998. She continued to work freelance for City TVís Oh La La, producing TV segments back in her element, in the art world, in galleries, interviewing artists and friends.
Karaoke Queen successfully aired in 2000 on CTV, a cross between her earlier experimental work and the conventional dramatic influence from the Canadian Film Centre.
Shortly after Karaoke Queen, Aunaray was awarded development funding from BC film to write the screenplay Reviving Ophelia.
Under the name Carol Clusiau she has been reviewed in the Vancouver Sun, The North Shore News, Playback Magazine, The Oregonian Press, Take One Magazine, The Montreal Mirror as well as interviews on Co-op Radio Vancouver and The CBC Morning Show.
In search for more meaning, life changed radically in 2000 after attending a Vipassana Retreat and meditating for 10 hours a day, for 10 days, in silence.
Pursuing spiritual goals took precedence from this point on, leading to a study of Energy Medicine with Laya Shriaberg at the Spiral Suns School of Healing and becoming a Reiki Master.
After spending a brief time as an Energy Medicine practitioner Aunaray completed her Yoga Teacher training at the Salt Spring Center of Yoga in 2007.
During the transitional period from 2000 to 2009 Aunaray was running a Graphic Design business adding into the mix teaching yoga while designing and selling jewelry at the Kelowna Farmers Market.
Aunaray can now be found expressing ideas through painting in her Studio at The Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna BC. Her unique process painting techniques produce impressionistic contemporary artwork, reflecting her playful and inquisitive personality.
2007 CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER Salt Spring Centre of Yoga
2002-04 CERTIFIED REIKI MASTER Linda Mullen MA
2001 DIPLOMA IN COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN CCC
2001 ENERGY MEDICINE Laya Shriaberg SSSH
1995 RESIDENT DIRECTOR The Canadian Film Centre
1993 PARTICIPANT The Directorís Workshop WIFT
1993 GRADUATE Emily Carr College of Art and Design
1986 STUDENT OF FINE ART Ontario College of Art
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2001 British Columbia Film Features First
1998 Canada Council Grant
1995 BC Cultural Fund Scholarship
1992 Jean Oser Award of Merit
1992 BC Cultural Fund Scholarship
1992 Joseph Golland Memorial Scholarship
1992 Emily Carr College Scholarship
1992 Helen Pitt Award Scholarship
1990 Emily Carr College Scholarship
1990 Emily Carr College Drawing Exhibition
1989 Emily Carr College Drawing Exhibition
2009Commission for Local.lounge.grille at the
Summerland Resort 7 large abstract paintings
2007-08 Self-employed Jewelry Designer, Graphic and
2005-06 Self-employed Energy Medicine Practitioner
2005 Beyond Wrapture Intuitive Massage Practitioner
2001-08 Self-employed Graphic Designer and Web Designer in
2000 Screenwriter Reviving Ophelia BC FILM Vancouver
1999 Writer/Director drama entitled Karaoke Queen CTV
1998-99 Writer, Directer and Producer TV Segments for City
TVíS Ooh La LaToronto
1998 Dance Casting Coordinator 54-40 Award Winning Music
1997 Associate Producer Award Winning Documentary Brett
The Hitman Hart, Toronto
1997 Operations Coordinator Toronto International Film
Festival Industry Centre Toronto
1995-96 Screenwriter Edie and Cleve/Stinging Nettie BC FILM
1993-95 Director Studio One Vancouver
2004 10 Day Life Shift Intensive Retreat
2004 Birken Forest Monastery Retreat
2003 Enlightened Warrior Training Camp
1999 Vipassana Meditation Retreat
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
North Shore News
Take One Magazine
CBC Morning Show
You Send Me 36 x 72 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Ocean Breeze 34 x 55 in. Acrylic on board
Symphony 48 x 36 in. Acrylic on board
Drifter 36 x 48 in. Acrylic on board
Forest 72 x 18 in. Acrylic on board
Day Dream 36 x 12 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Pretty Waters 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Sun's Fiery Kiss 60 x 40 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Tapestry of Rich and Royal Hue 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Lake of Many Colours 22 24 x 24 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Moonbeam 36 x 12 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Lake of Many Colours 14 36 x 36 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on birch panel
The Year the Lake Froze 48 x 48 in. Acrylic on canvas
Maui 34 x 55 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Lake of Many Colours 21 24 x 24 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Baby Beach, Maui 36 x 72 x 1.5 in. Acrylic on birch panel
The Key to My Piece of Mind 34 x 55 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Wind Whispering (Commission) 30 x 60 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Maui 2 (Commission) 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on birch panel
Rolling in the Deep 36 x 36 in. Acrylic on birch panel