Born and raised in Minnesota, Carol moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico following earning degrees in both Minnesota and Iowa. She later studied Interior Design through the New York School of Interior Design, and Fine Art under the tutelage of professional artists including Ned Mueller, Ramon Kelley and Carolyn Anderson. Carol’s earliest influence in art was her creative mother through whom Carol became a “young child artist” using “Paint by Number”. Carol thought her “painting” was so beautiful she continued her exploration of art in many forms.
Carol’s love for travel and art is reflected in her superb paintings of a wide range of subjects. She captures the mood of her subject whether it is the dramatic light of southern France, the quaint towns in Italy and Mexico, or the brilliance of dappled light in the greenery of North Carolina. A painting trip to Hawaii inspired many exquisite flower paintings as well as paintings of the rugged beauty of the coast and crashing ocean waves.
Carol is an award winning artist whose paintings may be seen at Framing Concepts and Yucca Gallery in Albuquerque and in Carol’s own art studio. She also exhibits her work in some of the finest shows. Carol paints exclusively in oils and also works in Encaustic Mixed Media Collage. She is a member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.
She also works in Encaustic Mixed Media Collage. Encaustic painting, also know as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The hot wax (medium) is applied to a surface, usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax. This technique is considered to be on of the oldest painting medium and was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD.
See more of Carol's work in our Oil Painting and Mixed Media Collage Galleries and at www.carolhopper.com. She is currently showing in the NMCC (4901 Lang Ave. NE) show titled "Spring Forward" running from March 24-June 7 2013, www.gallerywithacause.org