“Blue and Orange”
30″ x 33″ x 1.5″
Oil on paper on panel
Carol Stewart was born in Ontario, Canada. She obtained a B.F.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and finished her M.F.A. in painting at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. For more than 30 years, Carol has rendered still lifes and gardens from London, UK, Vancouver, British Columbia and St. Louis where she lived for 20 years.
Carol is inspired by flowers, plant life, and objects ranging from glass vases to fruit. Whether the stage is set up in her studio or painted directly from nature, Carol’s painting succeeds both at close range and from a distance. The viewer is invited into the scene: an explosive field of color. As one’s gaze is anchored on the piece, a unified composition emerges, while, at the same time, specific elements stand out.
“I am interested in the abstract elements of the art work as much as the subject matter,” says Carol. “I have felt compelled to paint nearly every day for more than 35 years. My studio and gardens are a source of constant inspiration: full of light, color, pattern and texture… I strive for paintings where these elements are just as important as the subject matter. It is important to me that the surface of the painting is layered and varied. I use thin washes, opaque layers, transparent glazes, and pastel and charcoal mark making on 300 lb water color paper or canvas to achieve this.
“My painting is the result of the combination of steady work, motivation to create and inspiration. Experience has taught me how to get to that place where the magic of a really good painting happens.”
Carol’s piece “Blue and Orange” will be featured in Art for Life on September 15. See more of her work at hammondharkins.com/artists-2/carol-stewart/.