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.


Carol grew up in Minnesota where, as a child, she fell in love with the beauty of flowers, the landscape and all four seasons. Her creative mother loved art, music and flowers which she grew in a large fenced-in flower garden, safe from rabbits but not Minnesota gophers.  Carol's first paintings were "paint by number", which quite amazingly taught her to understand how to render lights and shadows--dimension.  As a very young child she was intrigued by the art on Currier and Ives Christmas cards and illustrations in children's books.  Those illustrations added to story telling making the art even more fascinating to her.  Unfortunately Carol's mother died just as Carol turned 10 and she lost her inspiration and mentor.  School became a place of joy and lucky for her, Carol's home economics teacher taught her Interior Design. Carol still remembers her design board as it was truly a success, an A+.  As in art, interior design requires a knowledge of composition, color, balance, value and accents.  
Carol has 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.  Carol chose teaching though she tinkered with oil painting as early as 1968. But being both a teacher and a young mother, painting had to wait until 1998 when Carol was able to pursue her art career full-time. Most of her art study has been with painters of Impressionism including Lois Griffel at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts as well as with artists James Richards, James Kroner, Ned Mueller, Eric Michaels, Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson and others.  She has spent years studying and understanding the art of painting and its many element, believing in continual study through [...]

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