“Night Frolics” © Carol Santora
Name: Carol Santora, PSA
Bio: Carol Santora has loved animals of all kinds since she was a child, and always wanted to be an artist. Santora began her formal art training in 1983 while working as a registered nurse, and graduated with a BFA, summa cum laude, from Framingham State University. After a first successful portrait of her dog, Flossie, Santora realized she had a special talent and passion for animal and wildlife portraiture. Over the next 20 years, Santora would explore oil and watercolor painting before settling on soft pastel as her perfect medium. She painted landscapes and still-lifes, studied human portraiture and the figure, but the animals kept appealing to her and appearing in her work.
Carol Santora is now best known for her expressionistic animal paintings. Internationally collected, her work has been exhibited in shows in New England, New York City, California, Florida, Wyoming, St. Thomas USVI, and in France. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Santora has garnered numerous awards including First Place Other Media: Pastel at the Susan K Black Art Show 2009 & 2008, and the Headwater's Purchase Prize, Dubois, Wyoming, 2009 in addition to over four dozen other 1st Place, Peoples Choice and 'Best in Show' awards.
Santora has traveled throughout New England and Wyoming studying animals in the wild and in protected environments. Santora shares her artistic voice and vision, celebrating animals in an explosion of color. She has taught from her studio and at various schools and museums, and is a requested judge and demonstrator for diverse groups and audiences including amateur and professional painters, and pet owners.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic.
Subjects: Animals, domestic and wild.
Style: Representational. Carol takes hundreds of photographs and spends countless hours watching the animals that inspire her paintings. Her work is grounded in representation, but she is not bound by that. As she works, a completely realistic depiction gives way to a more artistic, contemporary rendering that serves her colorist and expressive purposes.
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