Carol Wiley

Freshman year at University of Mary Washington, I elected an Art History class, absolutely fell in love with the art world and earned a BA in Art History. There I lingered in the art studios...took courses and modeled for the figure drawing/painting classes, always soaking up painting and drawing tips.


Life took detours:  motherhood, a career in special education and  K-12 curriculum, an MA in Special Education (George Washington University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership (Boston College). Meantime I also took evening art classes and workshops so that upon retirement in 2004, I could move to Maine to become a serious artist.  My second career.

I am inspired by the natural beauty of our environment, the inward explorations of the human mind, the human figure in both environments, and the work of artists throughout the centuries. While I am not compelled to paint everyday, after a short time at the easel the painting seems to take over.   I like to say that painting feeds my soul.

I draw or paint from life, but for me, it is all about the process; subject is less important. I find freedom when I use a variety of media to explore color relationships, interesting shapes, and linear movement.  Of these explorations, COLOR is by far my favorite.  

The infinite possibilities for putting paint to surface fascinate me.  Each time I approach the easel I am eager to see what will happen as I work to integrate what I know about painting with my intuition and inspiration.

Work can also be viewed at online at 

I’m also a member of River Arts in Damariscotta and Plein Aire Painters of Maine