Carole has always loved art. As a child she would sit and draw other people sitting around the room without their knowledge. She did not have any encouragement from her family but one of her teachers in year 8 said her paintings of birds were wonderful and she should make art her life. Of course she didn’t listen and never went on to have any formal training. Earning a living, family and children were her priorities. Life just got in the way and there was no time for art apart from sketching people (unbeknown to them) on drink coasters and serviettes when out dining.
After her children left home, while living in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast she had a little foray into art by painting wildflowers on cream cans. These were sold in a shop at Montville on the Blackall Range near Caloundra. As she aged, she began to find the cans too heavy to lift and after a back injury discontinued painting them.
In 2009 after retirement, her and her husband moved to Hervey Bay where she became a member of Hervey Bay Art Society, at Gallery 5. She mainly painted landscapes and seascapes in acrylics at this stage and after winning a few awards, she had enough encouragement to continue with her art. Carole has also been inspired by the Gallery’s competitions which are of a different subject each month. She enjoys the social interaction with so many friendly, like minded artists.
She was introduced to pastels after seeing Lyn Diefenbach’s work and thought she would quite enjoy painting with pastels. She attended a couple of courses with Lyn as her tutor and found she preferred painting in pastels to acrylics.
She then travelled to Canberra and enrolled in a Janet Thatcher course in painting wildlife on velour with pastel pencils. She became completely hooked as she is an animal lover and Janet paints the big cats. Although she still enjoys landscape painting, she now concentrates more on portraits stemming from her early days of drawing people. Her main interests at the moment are portraits, Australian wildlife and birds, domestic pets, flowers and gardens.
Carole has travelled around Australia twice in a caravan and has thousands of beautiful photos that will take a lifetime to paint. She tends to see beauty in everyday objects such as derelict buildings, the shapes and colors of trees and flowers, rocks, shells and various other shapes in nature.
Carole is also a member of the Pastel Society of Australia and finds this Society very informative. She enjoyed immensely the Pastel Exposition held on the Sunshine Coast in 2018 and hopes there will be many more to follow.
She has learnt so much since joining the art societys and looks forward to many art filled years ahead.
My art is going forward in leaps and bounds. Being a member of the Hervey Bay Art Society means I have the opportunity to participate in their monthly themed competitions and workshops. I find always having a different subject to paint each month gives me no end of experience in painting various subjects such as cityscapes, landscapes, seascapes, African themes, etc. etc.
I concentrate on pastel painting as this is my first love. I love to paint Australian wildlife and birds, portraits, domestic pets and flowers. I am a realist painter and my attention to detail sets me apart. I love to paint the eyes first in my paintings of animals as the eyes capture the soul and the rest of the painting just follows. When people say “it’s not real art it’s just a replica of a photo” they don’t appreciate how hard it is to capture realism. My every stroke in my paintings is mine and mine alone, it is my heart that is being captured in this painting and I find that having to part with it for any reason, leaves a hole in my heart.
I am endeavouring to become a better artist by attending workshops and reading as many books and magazines as I can. Also just being part of an artist group such as our Gallery 5 in Hervey Bay gives me ample opportunity to learn from other artists and to ask questions. Other people have had different experiences and this all helps with the knowledge to enable us to create. This interaction with other artists keeps my mind active.
I intend to go on painting for as long as I am able, the enjoyment it gives me far surpasses any of my other pursuits.
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Carole Rowe - Wildlife, Animal and Portrait Artist