Carole Cooke discovered her passion for oil painting when employed as an art director in the film industry in Los Angeles. Her efforts in the film industry were mostly directed towards providing huge backdrops of abstract art work ,that resembled the works of artists Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko, for music videos. Carole experienced an epiphany when she found that her skills in working in colors could be transferred to oil painting on canvas. At that moment, the thought that entered her mind was, “Oh, This is what I want to be when I grow up.”
Today, Carole is known for her landscapes, many of which are painted plein aire, in remote areas. Carole prefers to paint on location whenever possible, as it enables her to capture the landscape in its truest sense and to interpret the subtle tones nature presents. The feeling of unparalleled exhilaration and joy, which she feels when painting in remote locations, is the main reason for her move into fine art. Her mission has become to focus on unveiling images of pristine vistas that will enable the viewer to discover a strong connection with nature. She hopes the connection will also inspire viewers to join in the effort to help preserve the vanishing treasures seen in her paintings.
Carol discovered her artistic voice after saturating herself with the works of European masters, early California impressionists, and Taos masters. Their works gave her the direction and knowledge to advance rapidly on her quest. She began participating in exhibitions in 1997, the year she changed from abstract art into fine art in oils. Carole has been involved with exhibitions in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Washington D.C., receiving awards from exhibitions in Estes Park, Colo., Mission San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Scottsdale, Ariz. She has also been the featured artist in numerous publications. Galleries that display her art work are in Santa Fe, N.M., Tulsa, Okla., and Mancos, Colo.
Art in the Garden 2009 is pleased to exhibit Carole’s artwork and also the work of 14 additional artists. Carole, along with other artists, will be painting plein aire during the festival.
Art in the Garden Festival 2009 will take place Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso, located in the Upper Blanco Basin. The public is invited to attend the occasion in a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch setting, complete with gourmet food, talented musicians and wonderful art. All proceeds support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund which aids the needy in Archuleta County, regardless of religious affiliation. There will be 15 artists displaying their work at the event and all art will be for sale by cash or check, with 30 percent of art sales going to the CUMC Community Assistance Fund. For more information, go to http//pagosaArtintheGarden.com.