I spent most of my childhood in Montana where I was lucky enough to attend a high school that had a dynamic art program. After I left Montana, I earned a BA in Art at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying under Michael Dailey, Frank Anderson, Bob C. Jones, Paul Ripley Jenkins, Spenser Moseley, Chuck Close, Richard Proctor, Carol Summers, Bill H. Ritchie and Glen E. Alps. I completed graduate art courses at the University of Oregon in 1979-80. I was a faculty member and served as Chair of the Art Program at Chemeketa Community College (under my married name, Carol Bibler), teaching studio courses in drawing and watercolor. I am a member of the Salem Public Art Commission.
My watercolor paintings are in the Microsoft Corporate collection, the State of Oregon Percent for Art collection, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, and the Chemeketa Community College art collection. My paintings have been shown in the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Coos Bay Art Museum, the University of Oregon Art Museum, the Sawhill Gallery at James Madison University, the Arts Center in Corvallis, and in many other group shows in the Pacific Northwest. I was represented in Seattle by the Lynn McAllister Gallery and in Salem by the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.
I paint with transparent watercolor, a notoriously unforgiving medium which produces on paper evocative-yet-indelible stains. Despite the risk, I do not plan my paintings or their meaning. I start with a shape or two, then continue to add shapes as I observe how things are coming together, what the tone is, and how I can elaborate on the visual language that I have started. I work to build a painting by juxtaposition of movements, color, and through compositional decisions. Then I strengthen, adjust, and moderate the competing elements I have orchestrated to construct a solid, unified painting from there. My large paintings are tinkered with over a long period of time. I rely on my nerve and on an earned belief in my painting skills.
Philosophical/spiritual concerns reveal themselves to me as I paint. My paintings are about passages through time and experience, about thought, about the creation of a universe.
Georgia O’Keefe once remarked, “I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to and say what I wanted to when I painted. I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say in any other way––things that I had no words for.”