We got tip about west coast artist Carol Aust, who is based out of Oakland. She works with acrylic on canvas and wood panels. Her images remind us of children's book illistrations,both dreamlike (think Chagall) and yet unsettling. "Her figurative paintings are emotionally- charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen. Sometimes celebratory, sometimes lonely and disturbing..."