About the Artist :: Carol Douglas

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Carol L. Douglas moved to Maine in 2015, after several seasons working and teaching here full time. Her move echoes prominent artists before her, including George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and Winslow Homer. This reflects a call to move from the bustling city to the wilds in order to paint the captivating natural scenery of Maine’s glorious land, sea, and sky.

Douglas is a Buffalo, NY native. She studied painting and clay modeling with her father, a trained artist, from a very young age. In 1997, she quit working as a graphic designer to take up painting full time. Two bouts with cancer were transformative experiences.

Painting, for Douglas, is a spiritual tool. Her paintings form an intellectual dialogue about man and his relationship with God’s creation, including being a part of it.

Douglas’ paintings are never about mimicking the styles of great artists before her. Her paintings are a response to her environment, which translates into her mark making. They are meant to be a dialogue between the viewer and the work. She is, however, keenly aware of her place in the continuum of art. “I use direct painting and abstraction, because these are the tools of our time,” she says. “As with other New York artists who came to Maine, the draw isn’t primarily the art community, but the land and sea themselves: the ceaseless rise and fall of the tide, the granite outcroppings, and the dark pines.”

Douglas studied under Cornelia Foss, Joseph Peller, and Nicki Orbach at the Art Students League in New York. She currently writes for the Bangor Daily News, documenting her peripatetic life as a traveling artist. Now go, Watch-her-paint!

Recent Solo and Duo Shows
“Sea and Sky: A personal journey. Selected works by Carol Douglas, Lakewatch Manor’s Artist of the Year”—July 24-October 18, 2013
“Imperfection: Only God can make a tree.” Solo show, Gallery Salon and Spa, September and October, 2012
“Across Time and Distance,” December, 2011. Chait Gallery, Rochester, NY (show of students’ work)
“Memes & Themes,” October, 2011, Chait Gallery, Rochester, NY (solo, small still lives based on internet memes)
Featured Artist, Irondequoit Inn, Piseco, NY, summer, 2011 (solo show of plein air work done primarily in Adirondacks)
Solo show, May, 2011, The Cobblestone Gallery, Mendon, NY
Riverwinds Gallery, Beacon, NY, May, 2008 (duo with Shelli Ardizzone)
Aviv Gallery, Rochester, NY, November, 2009 (duo with Tony Dungan, mainly figure)
Redfish Gallery, East Aurora, NY, February, 2007 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)
Century Club, Rochester, NY. February, 2006 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)
American Association of University Women, February, 2005 (solo, mix of figure and landscape)

Select Juried Shows
“2013 Castine Plein Air Festival,” Castine, ME, July, 2013
Rye Arts Center “Painters on Location,” Rye, NY, September 2013
Rye Arts Center “Vacation Locations” September 2011
Rye Arts Center “Painters on Location,” 2006-2010
Clothesline Art Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, 2003-2009
American Landscapes 2004; Maryland Federation of Art
44th and 49th Annual Chautauqua National Exhibitions
Red Dot Exhibition, 2004, Art Students League

Public Collections
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY: A Child Walks with Jesus—A Lenten Pilgrimage, (pastel, 16 stations)
Assumption of Joseph (oil on canvas)

A Child Walks With Jesus, 16 ppg. St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 2001
Even From Far Away, 22 ppg. oil on clayboard, 1998

Former Chair: New York Plein Air Painters, 2007, also signature member.
Member: Landscape Artists International.
Member: Art Students League of New York.
Member: Oil Painters of America.
Head of garden ministry, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church from approximately 1995-2006, designed garden beds around handicapped-access site modifications.

Featured Gallery Shows of Carol Douglas

View write-up of “Camden Classics Plein Air”»

View write-up of “Afloat”»

View write-up of “Below the Waterline: Seven Weeks in the Shipyard”»