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Painting outside, with oils and pastels, enables Carol to capture the effect of the colors in sunlight and shadow. By using a full palette of rich color, Carol captures the mood and subject of her paintings while inviting the viewers to look closer at the colors seen as compared to what is perceived.

biography

Carol began drawing and painting at an early age and has had the good fortune of studying art — drawing and painting — in classes and workshops presented by a number of accomplished and professional artists over the years. For the past eleven years, Carol has traveled abroad, painting the landscapes of Brittany, France, Spain, Belgium, Cornwall England, Italy and Guadeloupe. Her Art Studio, where she teaches classes to adults and children, is located in Beaver, PA, a historic town situated near the Beaver and Ohio Rivers. Painting on location and working in all kinds of weather creates peak experiences and a sensual depth to the paintings. "Feeling the atmosphere and energy surrounding me are almost as important in the painting process as the actual subject itself," says the artist. Carol loves the magical illusion of sunlight and shadows under changing weather conditions and the juxtaposing of complimentary colors for greater brilliance in achieving the vibrant character of an impressionistic landscape. Carol is represented by Boxheart Gallery in Bloomfield and the Third Street Gallery in Carnegie, PA. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Portrait Society of America, signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. She has participated in numerous juried and group shows nationally, locally, including the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. She has won several awards and her paintings are in a number of private collections.

study

FREELANCE ARTIST
Proficient in all mediums-oils, pastels, charcoal and pen & ink.
Subjects vary: still-life, floral, landscapes, and portraits.

STUDIES, EXHIBITS AND OTHER INTERESTS
Participant
Artist Travels and Workshops:
France 2010 (4 weeks) Paris and Brittany
France 2009
France 2002-2005-2006
France & Cornwall, England-2000
Guadeloupe-French West Indies-1999
France & Italy (4 weeks)-1997
France & Belgium (4 weeks)-1996
Spain (Barcelona, Menorca)-1995
France (Paris, Brittany)-1992,1993, & 1994

Member
Pastel Society of America (PSA), SIGNATURE MEMBER STATUS 2007
Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA)
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP)
Portrait Society of American (PSA)
Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Hoyt Artists Association (HAA)
Pittsburgh Pastel Artist League (PPAL), SIGNATURE MEMBER STATUS 2012
Allied Artists of America
Degas Pastel Society

Studies
Studied under Mary Lestyan, Herb Olds, Linda Wallen, Jim Sulkowski, Patricia Bellan-Gillian, & Philip Salvato Apprenticeship/Painting Assistant-Philip Salvato
Associate Degree-Beaver County community College and Robert Morris College

Publications
2007, Best of America Pastel Artists and Artisans
Kennedy Publications, copyright ©2008
1 Pastel Portrait

2007, Best of America Oil Artists and Artisans
Kennedy Publications, copyright ©2008
3 Oil Landscapes

2006, Best of America Oil Book
Kennedy Promotions, copyright ©2007
National Oil Winner, three oil landscapes

2006, Best of America Pastel Book
Kennedy Promotions, copyright ©2007
National Pastel Winner, pastel portrait

2005, Best of Pennsylvania Artists and Artisans
Kennedy Promotions, copyright ©2006
Honorable Mention, pastel


Other Interests
Owner of Fine Art Studio in Beaver, PA-1998 to present
Instructor-Art Classes in my studio-children & adults-1998 to present
Instructor of Beginning Drawing Classes at Third Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA and Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA-1995 to present
Facilitator for Adult Art Classes-1970 to 1994


solo exhibitions

2010
Boxheart Gallery, Bloomfield, PA

2008
Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA

2004
Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA
Studio K, Lawrenceville, PA,

2003
Boxheart Gallery, Bloomfield, PA
Studio K, Lawrenceville, PA

2000
Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA
West Penn Hospital Art Gallery

1999 and earlier
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, 1999
Gallery at Avenue B, Wexford, PA, 1998, 1999, & 2000
Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA, 1998
3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA, 1994, 1995, 1996, & 1997
Hallway Gallery, Beaver, PA, 1994, 1995, 1996, & 1997
Le Pouldu, France, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, & 1997
Wooden Angel, Beaver, PA, "Walk with Me"-France 1994
Frame Gallery & Workshop, Beaver, PA, "The French Connection"-France-1993


awards, honors, and accomplishments

Northeast Pastel National Exhibition, 2013
One pastel accepted

AABC Invitational Art Exhibition, 2013
Oils entered, one portrait received an award

Emerald Spring National Exhibition, 2013
One pastel accepted

Hoyt Regional Exhibition, 2013
One Pastel accepted

Cincinnati Art Club National Exhibition, 2013
Pastel landscape accepted

Degas Pastel Society National Exhibition, 2013
Two pastels accepted

Pastel Painters of Maine National Exhibition, 2013
Pastel landscape accepted

Pastel Soceity of New Hampshire National Exhibition, 2013
Pastel portrait accepted

Arkansas Pastel Society National Exhibition, 2013
Two pastel landscapes accepted, one received BEST OF SHOW AWARD


Northeast Pastel National Exhibition, 2012
Old Forge New York Jurors Award for pastel landscape

Midland Arts Association, Spring Juried National Exhibition, Midland Texas, 2012
Oil portrait accepted

Butler 74th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Youngstown Ohio, 2012
Pastel landscape accepted

Emerald Arts Center, National Spring Juried Exhibition, 2012
Pastel landscape accepted

Landcaster County Art Association, National Juried eExhibition, 2012
Oil landscape accepted

National Womens Juried Exhibition - Impact Arts Gallery, New York, 2012
Oil portrait accepted

Pastel Painters of Cape Cod, National Exhibition, Yarmouth Maine, 2012
Pastel landscape received juror's award

Cape Cod Art Association National Exhbition, Barnstable Maine, 2012
Oil landscape accepted

Cincinnati National Art Exhibition, Viewpoint 44, 2012
Oil portrait accepted

116 Annual National Womens Juried Exhibition, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Arts Club, Gramercy Park New York, 2012
Portrait accepted

Degas Pastel Society, 2012
Pastel landscape accepted

New Hampshire Pastel Exhibition, 2012
Pastel seascape accepted

Pastel Soceity of North Florida, 2012
Pastel landscapes accepted, exceptional merit award

American Artist Professional League, Inc. 84th Grand National Juried Exhibition,2012
Oil portrait accepted

Allied Artists of America, Inc. 99th Annual Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, 2012
One pastel alleyscape accepted

Associated Artists of Butler County, Art Faculty Exhibition, 2012
First Place Award for pastel portrait
Second Place Award for pastel streetscape

Arkansas Pastel Society, 2011
One pastel accepted in juried exhibition

Chicago Pastel Painters, 2011
One pastel accepted and awarded a juror's award in excellence

Cape Fear Studios, North Carolina, 2011
One oil landscape accepted into juried exhibition

Maryland Pastel Society, 2011
One pastel accepted into juried exhibition

Hoyt Institute of Fine Art Mid Atlantic exhibition, 2011
Pastel juried into exhibiton

Cape Cod Maine, 2011
Two landscapes juried into this exhibition, one of which was awarded FIRST PLACE AWARD

Impact Gallery in New York, 2011
One oil portrait accepted

Hoyt Institute of Fine art regional exhibition, 2011
O
ne pastel accepted

Pastel Society of America, New York City, 2011
One pastel landscape accepted

Butler Institute of American art - Youngstown, Ohio, 2011
One pastel landscape accepted

South Alleghenies Museum of art, 2011
One pastel accepted

Hoyt Regional Art Exhibit, Hoyt Museum of Fine Art, 2010, New Castle, PA
Two pastel landscapes accepted for the regional exhibition

Beaver Valley Artists Annual Exhibition, Merrick Art Gallery, 2010, New Brighton, PA
First Place, oil portrait

42nd Annual National Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Club, 2010, Cincinnati, Ohio
One oil portrait accepted for the national exhibition

National Exhibition, Pastel Society of Northern Florida, 2010, Florida
Two pastel landscapes accepted for the national exhibition

National Exhibition, Degas Pastel Society of America, 2010
One pastel landscape accepted for the exhibition

Pastel Society of America National Exhibit, National Arts Club, 2010, New York, NY
One pastel landscape accepted for the national exhbition
Pastel selected to travel to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio for display as part of the Pastel Society of America exhibit at the museum

MidAmerica Pastel Society of Kansas, 2010
One pastel landscape accepted for the national exhibition

Southern Alleghenies Biennial, 2010
One pastel landscape accepted for the national exhibition

National Exhibition, Cape Fear Art Center, 2010
Merit Award, pastel landscape

National Women's Exhibition, Impact Artists Gallery, 2009, Buffalo, NY
First Place, oil interior scene

5th Annual Northeast Pastel Exhibition, Arts Center, 2009, Old Forge, NY
Two pastels accepted for the national exhibit, Juror's Award

Life Drawing, A Fine Art Exhibit at Double Door Gallery, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA
One oil nude and sketch accepted for the exhibit, Juror's Award

Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, 2009, New Castle, PA
One pastel accepted for the juried exhibit

Beaver Valley Artists, Merrick Art Gallery, 2009, New Brighton, PA

First Place, pastel

West Hills Art League, Robin Hill, 2009, Moon Township, PA
Juror's Award, pastel

Cape Fear Studios, National Exhibition, 2009, Fayetteville, NC
Juror's Award, oil

Red River Museum, 2009, Vernon, Texas
Pastel accepted for the national juried exhibit

Pastels Chicago, 2nd National Juried Bienniel, 2009
Juror's Award, pastel

Pastel Society of the West Coast, 23rd Annual International Exhibit, 2009
Juror's Award, pastel

Maryland Pastel Society, Shades of Pastels, 2009
Pastel accepted for the national juried exhibit by Richard McKinley
Pastel selected to represent the fine medium of soft pastels for the exhibit

Hoyt MidAtlantic National Juried Exhibition, 2009
Pastel accepted for the national juried exhibit

Connecticut Pastel Society, 16th Annual National Exhibition, "Renaissance in Pastel," 2009
Pastel accepted for the national juried exhibit

Pastel Society of New Hampshire, National Exhibition, "Its Pastel," 2009
Pastel accepted for the national juried exhibit

Butler Institute of American Art, Regional Exhibit, 2008, Youngstown, Ohio
71st Area Annual Artists Exhibition
Honorable Mention, pastel landscape

Beaver Valley Artists, Merrick Gallery, 2008
Best of Show, pastel portrait

Westmoreland Juried Biennial, Regional Exhibit, 2008, Greensburg, PA
Pastel landscape accepted for the juried show

West Hills Art League, Robin Hill, 2008
First Place, pastel landscape

Pastel Society of America, Bennington Center for the Arts, 2008, Vermont
National Exhibit
Pastel landscape accepted for the juried exhibit

Fein Gallery, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA
Two paintings accepted into juried "Images of Pittsburgh" exhibit

Keystone National Exhibit, Art Center Galleries, 2008, Mechanicsburgh, PA
Pastel accepted for the national exhibition

Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Annual Exhibition, 2008
Two pastels accepted for the juried exhibition

Beaver Valley Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit at Merrick Gallery, 2007 New Brighton, PA
Honorable Mention, pastel landscape

West Hills Art League, Annual Juried Show, 2007
Honorable Mention, pastel landscape

Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit, 2007
Oil portrait accepted for the juried show

Hoyt Institute of Art, MidAtlantic Juried Exhibit, 2007
Two pastels in; one pastel awarded Juror's Award

Hoyt Regional Art Exhibition, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, 2006, New Castle, PA
Merit Award, pastel landscape

Beaver Valley Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit at Merrick Art Gallery, 2006, New Brighton, PA
Second place, pastel landscape

West Hills Art League, Annual Juried Show, 2006
Second place, pastel landscape

Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit, 2006
Merit Award, oil still life

Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit, "Small Works", 2006
Best of Show Award, pastel landscape

Hoyt Artists Association, Butler Community College, 2006, New Castle, PA
Second Place Award, pastel landscape

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Annual Juried Exhibit, Hoyt Institute, 2005, New Castle, PA
Two pastel landscapes accepted for the juried show

Plein Air Exhibit, Watercolors Gallery, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA
Two paintings accepted for exhibit

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Group Exhibit at Butler Institute of America Art, 2005, Salem, Ohio
Two pastels accepted in exhibit

Hoyt Regional Art Exhibition, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, 2005, New Castle, PA
Two pastels accepted in juried exhibit

West Hills Art League, Annual Juried Show, 2005
First place, oil portrait

Beaver Valley Artists, Annual Juried Exhibit at Merrick Art Gallery, 2005, New Brighton, PA
Best of Show Award, oil painting, still life

West Hills Art League-Annual Juried Show, 2004
Best of Show Award - pastel painting
First Place Award - pastel painting

Beaver Valley Artists-Annual Juried Exhibit at Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA, 2004
First Place Award-oil portrait
Second Place Award-oil figurative painting

Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibit-Hoyt Institute of Art, New Castle, PA, 2004
Best of Show-pastel painting

9th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at Ligonier-Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for Arts, 2004
Pastel Landscape Painting-accepted for juried exhibit

Pittsburgh Society of Artists-Juried Exhibit, 2004
Juror's Award-pastel landscape
Second pastel accepted in juried exhibit

La Fond Gallery - National Pastel Juried Exhibit, 2004
Pastel landscape accepted for juried exhibit

International Art Exhibit at Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton, PA, 2004
3 Oil Paintings-accepted in juried exhibit

La Fond Gallery-National Juried Pastel Exhibit, 2003

West Hills Art League-Annual Juried Show, 2003
Second Place Award-pastel painting

Beaver Valley Artists-Annual Juried Show at Merrick Art Gallery, 2003
Juror's Award-pastel painting

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 2003
67th Annual Area Artists Regional Exhibit-Pastels
pastel painting accepted for juried show

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 2002
66th Annual Area Artists Regional Exhibit
by Invitation of Dr. Louis Zona-Pastel

West Hills Art League-Annual Juried Show, 2002
Best of Show Award
2 First Place Awards-Oils

Beaver Valley Artists-Annual Juried Show at Merrick Art Gallery, 2002
Grumbacher Gold Award Best of Show

LaFond Gallery-National Juried Pastel Exhibit, 2002
Pastel accepted for juried show

West Hills Art League-Annual Show, 2001
2 Juror's Awards- Pastels

Pittsburgh Society of Artists-Annual Juried Show, 2001
Juror's Award-Pastel

Beaver Valley Artists-Annual Juried Show at Merrick Art Gallery, 2001
Best of Show Award-Pastel Honorable Mention-Pastel

Christ Lutheran Church-4th Annual Jury Art Show, 2001
2nd Place-Oil

West Hills Art League-Annual Show, 2000
2 Juror's Awards-Pastels

Beaver Valley Artists (Formerly AVAC)-Annual Show (2 Awards), 2000
Best of Show-Pastel
Honorable Mention-Pastel

Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 2000
65th Mid-Year National Exhibition, Oil Landscape accepted for Juried Exhibit

Pittsburgh Society of Artists-Annual Exhibit at Butler Institute of America Art-Salem, 1999
Juror's Award-Pastel

West Hills Annual Exhibit, 1999
Juror's Award-Pastel

Beaver Valley Artists (Formerly AVAC) at Merrick Art Gallery, 1999
Juror's Award-Oil

Peoples Art Show-The Arts and Heritage Festival of Carnegie, 1999
Third Place-Oil

Chartiers Boys and Girls Club Art Auction, 1999
Second Place-Oil

West Hills Annual Exhibit, 1998
Juror's Award-Oil

Merrick Art Gallery-Assoc. of Valley of Artist and Craftsmen (AVAC), 1998
Best of Show-Pastel

North Hills Art Center, 1998
Juror's Award-Oil

Aqueous Open 1997-Annual National Watercolor Exhibit, 1997
Screened In-Watercolor

National Pastel Show-LaFond Gallery, 1997
Screened In-Pastel

Christians in Visual Arts-National, 1997
Screened In-Watercolor-Cycle of the Season-Waterlilies


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts-Associated Artists of Butler Gallery, 1997
Honorable Mention-Oil

Association of Valley Artists and Craftsman (AVAC)-Annual Exhibit, 1997
Winston Newton Award-Oil

Associated Artists of Butler County-Annual Spring Show, 1997
Honorable Mention-Watercolor

Pittsburgh Society of Artists-New Members Show, 1997
One of three prizes $50.00-Oil

Peoples Art Show, Carnegie, PA, 1996
Fifth Place-Oil

Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts-Juried Show, 1995 & 1996

Honorable Mention-"Images of Lawrence County"-1995

Merrick Art Gallery-Juried Show
Honorable Mention-Oil, 1996
First Place & Honorable Mention-Pastels, 1995
Second Place-Pastel, 1994

Pittsburgh Progressive Art Show, 1992
Honorable Mention-Pastel


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