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A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Inspiration – past – future and now
My journey has taken me on some remarkable adventures. Meeting famous equestrians or working for people who have owned wonderful equine companions. As a youngster, I was always painting and drawing my favourite subject… the horse. It wasn’t until much later in life that I was in a position to become a fully fledged artist. My work was exhibited in many places around this country and abroad. Most noteworthy was my show in New York in the spring of 2016.
The key to considering any piece of artwork as a success is the inspiration behind it. The subject has to grab my attention and in the past few years I have noticed my glorious attraction to nature. Especially gardens and florals that show something that is pure, unadorned and organic. From horses to gardens, both are wild at heart. I like the challenge in attempting to capture that spirit.
I like my work to be stylistically loose and free. This means I can apply my artistic license to any piece of artwork that I am engaged in.
Claude Monet is one of my hero’s. He has been a constant source of inspiration. His use of colour and brush work shows a level of expression that gets me every time I see his work.
Being an artist is a joy and a pleasure, and I love sharing my creativity with others.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It’s always been a big interest of mine. Since the early days at school, when I realised I could do something good! Like most people certain gifts are present from an early age. Childhood is so important to how we are shaped as adults.
Yes, over the years I have engaged with many people and created art work for them. Every commission is different. I do Oils, watercolours and Chalk drawings in varying sizes. I always advise a phone consultation before we get started so I can understand more about the connection with the subject.
When I was young I was besotted with the horse. This was fuelled by the TV programs of the day, Follifoot, and The White Horses. As my paper round earnings bought me a 30 min riding lesson, and my parents having no knowledge of the object of my desire, they encouraged me to draw and paint them, Since my Grandfather knew a bit about oil painting I was given a box of tubes and stiff brushes, and I was away.
I became a horse owner and I was renting a stable and land, which was not ideal. Purely because of the time commitment to owning a horse. We moved to Shepley so I could keep my horse at home. Exercising a horse in Shepley was perfect because the roads were very quiet 30 years ago. The Sovereign Garage was just a shed with some petrol pumps.
I like to capture the fleeting moment. I have a loose expressionistic style. I don’t have the intense curiosity or interest to do the very fine detail but I like to leave the paint to find its own way. In a way, I am just the ‘conductor’ of paint. I allow it to ‘be’ and then manipulate it to come alive. It’s the same for all mediums, waterolour, pastels and charcoals.
My University Tutor once said “ Artists are born, its what you do with it in the meantime.” Its still the old adage, 10% talent 90% work! Many people have wonderful creative gifts, but if they don’t use them, they will fade. I would encourage anyone to pursue their interests and keep them alive.
There are many pieces, but I do have a special place in my heart for Whistlejacket, by George Stubbs. Hanging at the National Gallery London. The horse was at stud at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham. His winnings as a premium racehorse in the 1760”s apparently paid for the beautiful stable block. Stubbs painted a sister painting that is in a private collection. Whistlejacket was created specifically for the Marble Hall in the huge house. I like the Yorkshire connection to this very famous painting.
Every painting has its demands and challenges. Artists can loose a beautiful painting by overworking, or by adding a single brush mark that alters the tone, expression, liveliness, or rhythm of a painting. In a digital world, images can be altered at the click of a button, but making a painting ‘work’ has an element of risk and I think that is the challenging part.
It depends on the medium, I find watercolours are better restarted if its gone past the point of no return, but with oils you have the benefit of being able to paint over any areas that need to be reworked. My Uni tutor always encouraged us to work through it. It’s the history of the work. He would say. Making adjustments to a painting is part of the process, and I like to ramp up the artistic license and make it visually pleasing to the eye.
Its what I did at Uni. Full size horse paintings on canvas was my thing. Now years later, it feels good to manage smaller projects.
Exhibitions come in many forms, from Art@the House in Shepley, to Chelsea in New York. I’ve had work in public places, e.g. hospitals, restaurants, official galleries in London, Manchester, Leeds etc. But the most enjoyable was showing at the Great Yorkshire Show, where I could meet my audience and enjoy the chat about equine friends while they decided what painting to buy.
This year in particular, primary research hasn’t been that easy to source. Getting out and about with my camera and sketchbook to horse events has not been possible. Instead I have found some new subjects to engage with. My garden has been full of vibrant colour and that has kept my brushes busy. I did a portrait of my son, who has been on my waiting list for ages. The lockdown has opened up a lot of new ideas for me to try.
Yes, I had open studios in the past and Holmfirth Art Week is a permanent fixture on my calendar. People can make an appointment to visit my studio if they are looking for a piece of authentic art. I can show them what is on the easel or discuss a project they have in mind. I have a range of cards and prints that are reasonably priced and people buy them as presents for their horse loving friends.
Yes I will. It’s not always a horse theme. In the past it has been other animals such as, hares, dogs and also winter scenes…so it will be a surprise! You can visit Cumberworth Post Office and see my of horsy and floral cards, or you can visit my website www.paintingsbycaro.co.uk or find me on Facebook, Instagram Paintingsby Caro.