Of the four known basic elements which represent the substance of the world, water is the element that resonates most with Carol Carter. Water in its physical form is needed to live, as one must drink or absorb it. Beyond this, inspired by its essence, Carter uses water to paint water. It takes the inspiration of the artist to make us see the element of water in ways we have not experienced it before. Water is seen as a female power in some mythology, while fire is the power of man. Carter has found her way to bring the beauty of water to us in colors often unexpected. She brings the power of water to life, swimming with emotions and depth of feeling that might not have been found in any other way. She creates a glowing light with and of the water she loves.
"Having grown up in Florida, my strongest visual impression of an environment for human activity is water," Carol Carter said. "In much of my work, water provides the setting for anonymous figures. Watercolors of nudes, as well as black and white nudes, are in my portfolio. The nude swimmer, evocative and sensual in watercolor painting, is a signature theme."
"I paint in both acrylic and watercolor, although my work in the last couple of years has been in watercolor," she said.
Internationally known, acclaimed artist Carol Carter lives in St. Louis, MIssouri, and is currently renting a condo in St. Petersburg for the month of January, 2014. She is showing her watercolor paintings at Soft Water Studios, in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg. Since she is in the area, she is offering a watercolor workshop on the weekend of January 18th and 19th for much less than she usually requires. Opening on Saturday, January 11th, her exhibit, called, "Postcards from the Edge of Florida", is filled with colorful images, including over 40 paintings inspired by Florida nature.
Postcards from the Edge of Florida
Watercolor paintings by Carol Carter, Web site, Facebook page, Blog
Soft Water Studios, Web site, Facebook page, Soft Water Press (Printmaking Department)
515 22nd Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712
Carol Carter's paintings will be on display during the week days from 10 am to 5 pm Monday & Tuesday, 10 am to 2 pm on Wednesday and Thursday or by appointment.
Call 727-480-8654 with any questions regarding the show
Watercolor Workshop with Carol Carter
January 18 & 19, 2014
2 Day Session, 9 am to 4 pm
$350 Registration Fee
Click this link to reserve your seat.
"Each aspect of my work is mysterious, seductive, intense, and inviting," Carter said. "The show is all about images of Florida. I really like the show and feel it is in a lovely space at Soft Water Studios. I have some relatives in town that will come to the opening and share in the fun with me. It really is a brand new show. I’ve painted it all within the last 6 months and it is pretty fresh work."
Carter is single, and she has one son who lives in Hong Kong. He is in management at Abercrombie and Fitch.
"I am a midwestern artist and I live in St. Louis, but I’m looking to relocate, at least temporarily," she said. "I did not grow up in St. Pete, but I’ve been here before and fell in love with it (the city). I thought I would try to see if I could live here and maybe move here full time."
Speaking of the area arts community, she said, "I feel the energy in St. Pete. I actually came here a year ago, went back to St. Louis, then came back again in August. I grew up on the East Coast of Florida in Palm Beach, and I built my career on tropical imagery, Florida imagery. It feels like home to me here, more so than the Midwest."
"I’m excited to be here. It’s a beautiful city, a gorgeous temperature," said Carter. "It’s 11 degrees back home! So with this balmy weather, it’s just like a dream."
"In a perfect world, I would love to live in St. Pete for maybe 6 months of the year and have my home in St. Louis for 6 months of the year. Then I would want to continue to travel to every part of the globe and teach workshops throughout the year," Carter said. "Much like I'm doing now, actually, but even more of it."
What's coming up next for Carol Carter?
"I am having a show in France at the end of February, so when I leave St. Pete, I go home for a few weeks and then I go to France for a show in Toulouse," she said. "The show is going to be a month long. The show in Toulouse is going to be imagery in France, of France. I built a whole show about France and they are watercolors of images in France. I’ve done many international shows."
We appreciate Carter visiting our area and look forward to an exciting workshop with her.