For twenty years Karolle taught Literature, Writing, and Environmental Ethics courses at numerous academic institutions (SFU, University of the Fraser Valley, Open University, Capilano University College and Emily Carr University of Art + Design). She has always had a passion for photography and learned the fine art of black and white as early as the fall of 1970. With school cancelled due to a high military presence brought on by the FLQ crisis in Quebec, she turned to the family darkroom and never really looked back. While working as an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University, she focused on her artistic side far more seriously. Her work, be it photography, film or installation, found its way into numerous public galleries and film festivals — its purpose, to celebrate water, the coastal margins, indigenous ways of knowing our terrestrial and underwater landscapes, and to raise questions regarding our treatment of the natural world.
After retiring from Emily Carr in 2012, Karolle chose to focus (even more) on her passion for the oceans, animals, and environmental education. Her life now consists of a split residency — five months on Maui where she volunteers for various marine conservation organizations and seven months in British Columbia. While on Maui she continues to document the underwater world, through video and photography, while educating herself and others about coral reefs and their fragile ecosystems. At home on Galiano Island, British Columbia she pursues this further, learning as much as she can about marine biology, ecosystem management, wildlife conservation, education and preservation — all the while making sure her images speak to others and remind us how interconnected we really are.
And then there are her children and grandchildren, who remind her everyday of how important this work is!