Years passed, and it was not until moving to Glenmorgan with her husband that Carol reunited with her love of art. Her membership in a local art group inspired her to once again pick up the brush, eventually leading to a flourishing career as an artist. “I first exhibited my work with other members of our art group in Brisbane in the 70s, and had my first solo exhibition in Toowoomba in 1986. Since then, there have been many other group and solo exhibitions in metropolitan and regional galleries,” she said.
These lengthy and frequent adventures across the countryside have resulted in a wonderfully vibrant collection of work characterised by winding lines and organic pattern, a reflection of the demands of the surrounding landscape.
“It’s a little bit impressionist, a little bit modernist, a little bit abstract, and features a lot of colour.
Carol’s approach to her artwork is to treat it as fluidly as the environments which inspire it. Each piece reflects her connection to place, varying from simple scenes to more spiritual representations of an area. “I find that visual inspiration generates a response to place and then comes an investigation into ways of communicating my personal feelings about the place,” said Carol.
While the beauty of the Australian outback has captured Carol’s heart for many years now, she says she is not opposed to a change in subject matter down the track. “Long term, I would like to have more time at home to paint interiors and still life, maybe something to keep in mind if we ever stop travelling!” she said.
For now, Carol’s sights are firmly set on her travels, with an upcoming trip to Arnhem Land in August and a major solo exhibition at the Miles Dogwood Crossing in November.