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Carol Carter – an artist you must see

Carol Carter

Carol Carter is an amazing and prolific artist that brings us a new world in watercolors and acrylics.

Let’s start with a brief Biography

Carol Carter received her MFA from Washington University, St. Louis. She received a MAA-NEA Fellowship in Painting and Works on Paper in 1994. Voted Best St. Louis Artist by The Riverfront Times in 2000. In 2002 her work was chosen for the cover of New American Painting magazine and in 2003, the US Embassy sponsored a solo exhibition of her work at the Teatro del Centro de Arte, in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Ms. Carter has been visiting artist in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway, in 1999, 2001, and 2003. The Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, IL held a solo exhibition in 2006. She was invited to be in the National Watercolor Biennial at Parkland College in February. She is featured artist in the Herstory invitational at SWIC in Granite City, IL. A retrospective of her work will be held at the Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA opening this March. Different Strokes, by Quartro Publishing, in London, England is featuring her work.

Ms. Carter’s work is represented in many public and private art collections, including those of Citicorp, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Arjomani Paper, Leonard Slatkin, Price University, and Utah State University.”


We have selected a few works to show you here, then you can explore her works in her website and blog.

It’s uncommon and really important to listen the artist talking about her work so the following are her thoughts and reasons for each painting:

Half empty Half full

Carol Carter - Half empty Half full

The Swimmer paintings are a signature body of work for me. I developed the swimmer over 25 years ago and have been adding to it consistently over the years.

I grew up in Florida — where we spent much of our time in water. Water is a metaphor for life, change, time, motion, movement, transition.

The abstracted quality of the water is a perfect balance for the detail and nuance of the figure.

The watery nature of watercolor is a perfect medium to depict the waterscape and lusious figure.

I infuse the swimmer with psychological message or differing states of mind to captivate and invite the viewer.

The Swimmer often describes issues of humanity, cycles of life, thoughts we share, moods we reflect.

HALF EMPTY is depicting the notion that life is either “half empty or half full” depending on your attitude and perspective.”

Up from the Abyss

Carol Carter - Up from the Abyss

“ABYSS is about leaving darkness [of pain or drama] and coming towards light. [peace or understanding]”

And finally a painting that at present and for a few days more is being exhibited at the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition:

Two at 50

Carol Carter - Two at 50

The painting TWO AT FIFTY is a self portrait of me at turning 50. I do a lot of self portraits — and try to do one at each turn of decade.

The ‘two at 50″ is about my two eyes and what they see or reflect at the age of 50. The beginning of wisdom, the end of youth.”

Our recomendation is to visit and enjoy her work !

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