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Carol Bowles

My professional training began at Pennsylvania State University where I majored in Art Education and minored in English literature. From there, I went to the Art Institute of Chicago and studied Painting and Drawing for a number of years at the community college level and from there went on to work in graphic design. As a result of those experiences, I was able to illustrate 2 childrens books: The Two Legged Creature published by Northland Books in Flagstaff, AZ. And Saving the Rain Forest, published by Trickle Creek Books in Penna. Currently, I am represented by these galleries in Kentucky;. Antique in Lexington, Damselfly in Midway, The Artisan Center in Berea  and Gallery JanJobe in Louisville. 
For many years, I lived in New Mexico, notably Santa Fe and Taos where making Art is a stimulating way of life. The Intensity of color and the wonderful work of artists living there continues to inspire and influence my work.
During a typical year, I now travel to 5-8 shows in Midwest. You can see me at Francisco's Farm in Midway, Ky., Berea, Ky, and also at the Kentucky Crafted market in Louisville to name a few. People often ask me about my technique and the source of my ideas.The technique I have worked out for myself is based on ''drybrush'' painting used by such watercolor greats as Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer. I am also inspired by the illustrators of the early 20th century such as Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham and N C Wyeth. I continue to study their work. Then I use the finest materials available such as Holbein paint and Arches 100% rag paper. This is a slow technique which allows time for ideas to mature. Ideas are a harder subject to explain;  I have traveled widely and I do much reading and research...finally something clicks and I have combined multi-cultural elements into an expression that is my own.
Several years ago, when I moved East; I was inspired by the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and settled there before I found the wonderful rolling grasslands and the horse culture of Kentucky. Everywhere I go I found myth and magic; fairy tales and dreams and I have attempted to pursue my interest in story by producing narrative paintings that convey meaning.