Carol began creating artwork as soon as she was old enough to hold a crayon and started painting in oils with the Findlay (Ohio) Art League at age ten. You can see one of her first "happy place portraits" painted at that age in her studio. She earned her degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University in Bloomington and then spent years working in the computer graphics and printing industries before painting professionally.
That knowledge informs her work today. For example, instead of a blank canvas, Carol's acrylic paintings always begin with a carefully selected color as an undercoating that she paints over using imprimatura. It’s not uncommon to see vivid red, turquoise, pink or purple as her starting point. Her preferred medium is acrylics because they offer her the benefits of watercolor’s transparency with the opacity of oils for making changes. This allows her to paint instinctively and emotionally without envisioning how a piece will look when completed. Her paintings are sometimes finished in oils.
People often say "they look happy" or "I like the happy colors" when seeing Carol's work. She feels blessed to paint since she views art is a form of communication that speaks beyond words about things that transcend language and even the boundaries of a person's lifetime.