Hi, My name is Carol McGraw.  Thank you for visiting my website.

I am happy to have this opportunity to share my art with you.

 

Resting

When I was a child growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, I loved to draw.  A pencil and a piece of paper opened up new worlds for me.  To this day, creating art is the most natural way for me to express how I feel and what I think.

My art allows me to share the world as I perceive it, to play in my imagination, and to work out my emotions.  Painting intuitively, I explore with color, line, and shape, exaggerating elements to produce the essence of my subjects, inspirations, and visions.  My “style” is at times abstract, expressionistic, primitive, and/or illustrative.

Energy is an important aspect of my art – the liveliness of the effort, the physicality.  A painting may depict a quiet subject, but it still must project a life force.  I love brushstrokes, scribbles, and drips for the directionality and the visual texture that they create.  I also love using linear elements for emphasis. 

Color is a key element in the majority of my work.  My favorite medium is acrylic paint.  I have a large covered palette that keeps my paint fresh.  I continue to add glob upon glob of paint to it.  It is a 16″ x 12″ tray of luscious color!  People often comment on it.  It’s a treat to have all of that juicy pigment at my fingertips.

Through my art, I share experiences, insights, and hopes with you, the viewer.  You will also find your own meanings in the artwork.  You may be able to explain them immediately or, they may be more subconscious reactions that draw you to certain pieces of art.

Enjoy the journey through my site and please contact me if you have any questions or comments. 

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My Palette