Carol is an extraordinary watercolor artist residing in Jackson, Mississippi. A Southern lady that loves to explore the New Jersey Shore of her youth, she paints landscapes with a rich and dreamy palette, bringing the canvas to life. This week’s 52SOUTH artist has a beautiful new collection of figure painting to add to ARTHUNT’s collection.
Read Carol’s bio and view her mesmerizing FIGURATIVE COLLECTION!
Where you feel most creative or is your favorite inspirational place?
My favorite place is where I grew up spending my summers, Cape May, New Jersey, a charming little town where the Atlantic meets the Delaware Bay. Massively inspiring! But I look for inspiration wherever I may be. I am drawn to compositions in most unlikely places.
How do you describe your style?
That is hard as I am always trying to grow and change. I would have to describe it as “evolving”.
What is your favorite gallery or museum?
I go to the Philadelphia Art Museum whenever possible.
Did you have a mentor or teacher that strongly inspired your creative spirit?
As a senior at Jackson Prep in Jackson, MS, I was extremely fortunate to be able to take the first, week long watercolor workshop taught by the late great watercolorist, John Gaddis. I was a ripe age to soak up his enthusiasm for the medium. He was such a great teacher!
What inspires you?
I listen exclusively to classical or instrumental music as I work, lyrics I find too distracting. Life combined with the creative process give me inspiration.
As an artist, what do you find most challenging about what you do?
Figure study, I fell in love with figure drawing as a student at Ringling School of Art and Design where it was highly emphasized. I drew on that experience as a courtroom sketch artist for many years, which is an extremely challenging art form. I have continued the pursuit of figure study weekly at our figure drawing sessions at Millsaps College every Saturday afternoon. Though I have done this for many years, exploring several mediums, it is always a challenge.
What do you love about being an artist?
Creating a piece of art that ultimately brings joy to its owner. Be it a portrait of a child, beloved family member, a dog or whatever the subject, just knowing that it has produced happiness and smile I find rewarding.
What is your artistic dream?
That my work would be to the glory of God.