"the ocean, nature, and the universe define the basis of my artwork"
"I am interested in painting reality. The rhythm of an apple, the color of the city, the structure of an atom. I want to reveal the mysteries of and the many layers of reality contained in the ordinary.."
Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Caroline moved to Dallas, Texas in 1970. She now maintains a loft studio in the home. A brief residence in California was the beginning of her love of the ocean, nature, and color. Always living in a landlocked city has only added to this desire. She tries to spend as much time as possible by the ocean.
" It seems so much more alive to be by the ocean rather than on city cement and by the freeways. I need that feeling of life that only nature provides. Art has the ability to intensify and enhance reality. Art is teaching me to perceive the art in the ordinary."
Art became important to Caroline at an early age but it was not the focus of her formal college education. She earned a degree in General Studies (Psychology and Business) at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1981. Graduate classes have been added over the years.
The following list provides a sampling of the art instruction she has received from university level instructors and from other talented local and nationally known artists.
Drawing the Human Form: Ellen Soderquist; Gustav Rehberger/Arts Student League; Barneby Fitzgerald/SMU
Color Theory: Evelyn Baldwin/UTD; Dan Wingren/SMU; Robin Koch/SMU
Design: Dan Wingren/SMU
Printmaking Design: Juergin Strunck/Univ. of Dallas
Pastels: William Schultz; George Carlson; Dorothy Barta
Portrait: Kay Polk (oil and pastel)
Watercolor: Charles Reid, Robert Woods; Jane Jones; Bud Biggs
In 2002, Caroline was awarded a grant for a month’s residence at the world renowned Vermont Studio Center.
Caroline has exhibited her art in various shows, exhibits, and auctions. The following condensed list covers the period from the mid 80s to the present.
Shows and Exhibitions:2005 The MAC "Zodiac" Juried Show
2005 Ice House'Day of the Dead" Juried Show
2005 Art Prostitute Gallery Show
2004 The Contemporary Membership Show
2004 "ElCorizon" Juried Show
2004 One Woman Show at IRIS
2002 "9-11-01 "Traveling Exhibition
2001 Mendocino Instructors Show
2000 Dallas Visual Art Center Membership Show
1999 Int'l Beaux Art Exhibition, Juried, Paris, France
1998/99 Dallas Museum of Fine Art Auctions
1997 Nieman-Marcus In-Circle Invitational; Mendocino Artist-In-Residence Show
1987-1994 TVAA National Open Shows (5); Pastel Society of the Southwest Shows (3);
Women's Caucus, Juried, National (2); Taos Show (SMU)
Carolines first teaching experiences (pottery and batik) occurred at local Dallas area recreation centers. In the period from 1997 - 2000, Caroline began teaching drawing, pastel, and color theory classes at the Craft Guild in Dallas. At this time, Caroline also began teaching yearly workshops, in various media, at the Mendocino Art Center in California. Caroline has also demonstrated batik at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art and pastels at various local art organizations. Currently, Caroline is providing private lessons at her studio.
Caroline is a past president of the Pastel Society of the Southwest. In addition, Caroline has had her artwork appear in the Better Homes & Gardens and American Artist publications.