Carole Hillsbery featured at Backstreet Gallery
Nationally acclaimed watercolorist, Carole Hillsbery, is spotlighted in May at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay Street. Her reception will be held on May 9, 3-5 PM during the Second Saturday Gallery Tour.
Originally from Florence, Carole lived in Arizona for 30 years then returned home to her beloved Florence. “It’s a great place to slow down and a great place to paint and draw.”
As a child Carole loved to draw. Carole’s expertise in painting started over 40 years ago when she began painting with oils. She continued painting while she homeschooled her children.
After taking a workshop from Katheryn Davis, Carole found her chosen medium—watercolor. A prolific painter, she set high goal. In 2003 she began entering competitions. Thinking that those goals were, “like going to the moon,” she continued perfecting her signature style—loaded with rich color, and impressionistic forms. Her paintings draw the viewer in emoting the joy that radiates from her personality. She’s a storyteller so watch for the tale that each of her paintings impart.
A unique aspect of Carole’s work is executing watercolors on canvas. The painting is coated with beeswax that seals the canvas bringing back the look of watercolor wetness.
While many artists are accepted into watercolor societies, her goals included becoming a Signature Artist in several National Art Societies, which meant multiple submissions juried in for each award. She’s on her way to achieving her goals. Her Signature Memberships are Transparent Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and Arizona Watercolor Society. In the 2014 Watercolor Society of Oregon’s traveling show Carole took a fourth place. She’s just been juried into the latest Northwest Watercolor Society show qualifying her as a Signature Member.
Carole’s works have been exhibited at Earthworks Gallery in Yachats and Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport. The Reedsport Hospital hosts a reception for her show on June 5th from 5-7PM.
“As soon as I learn something new, I want to turn around and teach it.” In April, she held a one-day workshop at Kenneth B Gallery. An outstanding teacher she conducts workshops, at all levels. Her manager and close associate, Charlene Wilson, books workshops for Carole all over the western United States. If interested in attending one of these wonderful workshops here in Florence, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Carole paints for fun, teaches for fun and transmits that through her workshops. So come and have fun.
Her Backstreet reception includes refreshments. Denny Weaver will provide a sweet mellow background on his acoustic guitar for the event.
See more of Carole’s work here.