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Artist Carol Hopper


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The Artist Says:


 
Living in the intense light of the desert Southwest, I most enjoy painting light and shadow on the sunniest of days.  
Cloudy, stormy days, especially in winter, are full of mood and intrigue, are great fun as well.
 
I take my time when choosing what I want to paint.
I do a quick sketch determining value and composition before I begin.
As I paint, I constantly evaluate the composition, lights and darks, perspective and emphasis on the focal point.
I leave out details and often leave some areas unfinished.
 
My goal is to end up with a strong, painterly, impressionistic painting.
 




Biography


CAROL HOPPER
 
BIOGRAPHY
I am really pleased you are here and interested in learning a bit about me.
 
I grew up in Minnesota where, as a child, I fell in love with the beauty of flowers, the landscape and all four seasons. My
mother loved art, music and flowers which she grew in a large fenced-in flower garden, safe from rabbits but not Minnesota gophers.  My first paintings were "paint by number" which, quite amazingly, taught me to understand how to render lights and shadows--dimension.  As a very young child I was immensely intrigued by the art on Currier and Ives Christmas cards and illustrations in children's books.  Those illustrations  made the story even more fascinating.  Unfortunately my mother died shortly after I turned 10 and I lost her inspiration and mentoring.  School became my place of joy.  Luckily my home economics teacher taught art principles through Interior Design. I still remember my design board as it was truly a success, an A+.  
 
I have undergraduate and graduate studies in teaching, interior design and fine art. To make a living in the sixties, about the only careers open to women were teaching, nursing, or being a secretary. I chose teaching though I tinkered with oil painting as early as 1968. But being both a teacher and a young mother, painting had to wait until 1998 when I was able to pursue my art career full-time. Some of my art study has been with painters including Lois Griffel at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts, James Richards, James Kroner, Ned Mueller, Eric Michaels, Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson and others.  I have spent years studying and understanding the art of painting and its many element, believing in continual study through classes, workshops, museums, travel and art books. 
 
My style is both Impressionistic and Representational. Impressionism require [...]

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