When asked "Why fantasy art?", she says with a devious grin..."I admit, it IS my ploy to charm you to enchanted places to re-connect with lost beliefs & memories...an escapist diversion! Why NOT flirt with the magical side; it makes the ordinary SO MUCH more fun?! And who knows...maybe, you'll pick up a paintbrush yourself!"
Biography: Carol is self-taught in drawing & painting and has dabbled in several art genres since childhood. With a lifelong love of myth, legend, and magic, her ventures into fantasy art have occurred most intimately the last two+ years. Childhood crayon doodlings turned to pastel, pen & ink, and watercolor pieces as a teen/adult. Carol's bookcases sag with multi-genre art books pored over & studied through the years, and stacks of reference photos. A camera goes with her everywhere. One of Carol's never-to-be-forgotten memories, is glimpsing a faery.....crrrazy as it sounds that a faery would appear in broad daylight, ...(or was Carol eating mushrooms?)! At age four, she spied it at a blossoming cherry tree sipping nectar, ...proof positive--tHeY DO eXiSt! Never to give up the hunt, she returned to that tree daily (even in the dead of winter), pickle jar in-hand, hell-bent on recapturing that meeting. And she DID.....umm, at least in drawings! As with many of today's fantasy artists, the gifted Brian Froud and Alan Lee are major influences! The fantasy art bug bit more recently while lost in their reknown book, Faeries. It reawakened memories of Carol's childhood faery-sighting with striking clarity! Drawing a subsequent sketch of her daughter, it became *POOF!* a faery rendering! A spell seems to have bewitched her or some fire was lit and she's been painting fantasy (solely) ever since! Carol says, "What's most influencing to me about Froud's and Lee's work is, enchanted art is about more than painting a figure and slapping on a pair of wings. It's a way of seeing with enchanted eyes, the magic in others and surroundings and including that sense of reality and possibility ...into your art."
Country: United States
Site: Wild Oaks Art
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