Carol Wiley

ART IS A VISUAL CONVERSATION between artist and canvas.

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, to follow the MUSE perhaps.

I draw or paint from life, seldom photographs. For me, painting is all about the process of trying to convey the subject in an interesting manner. 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. I like to "push" color and boundaries beyond reality, always thinking about those relationships. While working I look for places to balance colors, apply translucency and opacity, to block and build the forms and depth of color, and to add collage and linear aspects as appropriate.

I hope my paintings will make people stop as they walk by and come back to take a second look and to think and talk about them. Each painting has meaning for me. Hopefully others will find their own meaning.

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.

A Pablo Picasso quote: “Painting is stronger than me. It makes me do its bidding.” 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.

Carol’s home Studio/Gallery is at Spruce Meadow Rd., Jefferson, Maine. Her work can be viewed there.

Her mailing address is PO Box 209, Newcastle ME 04553

Work can also be viewed at, Saltwater Artists Gallery in Pemaquid or online at

She is a member of River Arts in Damariscotta, Harlow Gallery in Hallowell and Plein Aire Painters of Maine

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