Carol Shaw’s personal journey as an artist began in her childhood. Growing up overlooking the North Sea and living on the North East Coast of England, she showed an aptitude from an early age. Carol went on to study at Ilkley College where the art department was renowned for forward thinking and innovation in the development of all creative art. The college was affiliated to Leeds University where Carol was able to study the works of modern artists by having access to the wealth of galleries and Museums. There she qualified as an art teacher and worked in the primary field as a teacher and art coordinator.
Carol started showing her work in galleries throughout the North of England. She honed her skills as an artist by running after school art lessons and clubs for both children and adults. She also holds demonstrations and workshops for local Art Societies.
After many visits to a safari park outside Alicante in Spain, Carol spent several years developing her style, drawing upon techniques used in oil painting, pastel and watercolour to create bold colour fields and depth of vision within her paints, which she achieves by layering her colour. Initially, her subjects were based on the big cats which she had observed in her extensive travels to zoos and safaris. There she became passionate about the conservation of British wildlife and that lead to her painting animals of the British countryside.
Carol has her studio at Saltburn Studios and Gallery. Saltburn is a beautiful, picturesque seaside town on the North Yorkshire coast, perfect for studying beach donkeys and the local wildlife. The North Yorkshire Moors are only a few miles away and there is plenty of woodland walkways where Carol is able to study nature first hand.
April 12, 2018
Illustration, Watercolour, Painting, A - D