In her art she has been honest to herself. Painting started early at the age of 11 and ceramics. Then taking a series of classes in stained glass with her mother and father in 1984, she found herself reacting to something true about herself as a child: a love for wooden puzzles. She allowed this fascination to lead her more and more deeply into the world and artistry of working with glass until now she works in stained glass, glass painting and repairing of art projects.
Carol has also sought to be an authentic part of the communities in which she finds herself. A brief look at her resume shows that over the years she has studied with the leaders of her field and made many contributions to the arts. Education is a commitment she made early on, to grow as an artist and contribute those skills learned, to others willing to devote the time and patience. The prior work experience in accounting and auditing in the Insurance industry for 20 years, (some overlapping of time – Stained glass and Accounting) set her up to wear many hats for many different organizations. Active with Lost River Artisan Co-op (past President and Treasurer) since the late 1980’s and still a member, Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc. (past President, Treasurer and many other hats), Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative (past board member and bookkeeper) and still a member, and a juried Tamarack artisan and past Advisory Board member (voted by peers). She has taught for several organizations – Community Colleges, Heritage Craft Center, Boys and Girls Club, the Beehive, and 4-H.
Her focus in glass has changed a bit with the traditional glass painting taking a big part of her time. Combining the stained glass art and glass painting is a great challenge and gratifying. Partnering with other artisans to complete larger projects has been rewarding and the process in figuring out how to do each new project is stimulating great ideas for future projects. In fact, she will work anywhere and with anyone in any capacity as long as it continues the art of stained glass. Carol is a true adventurer this way. Her prior career in accounting and prior hand work prepared her for the accuracy, patience and doggedness needed to work in glass. Follow through, from design to completion, are essential to the finished artwork.
From small stained glass and slumping jobs like pendants to painting a window, she finds
them all fascinating to work on. Each piece of artwork brings challenges and rewards. Carol enjoys the whole stained glass process. Finally, combining the painting skills to glass that had been a lifetime goal, she is expressing inner self.
Carol also displays her artwork on the Trails and Trees Studio Tour of Berkeley County, WV.