Carole Boller - Portrait Impressionist / Original Oils, Giclees on Canvas
All artists search for that perfect place to be completely connected to their environment. For me, that place is Newport Beach in Southern California, where my sailboat/studio sits on the waterfront overlooking the bay. The local people, the sun drenched beaches, romantic coves, dramatic cliffs, pounding surf, tranquil bays and the myriad of yachts, boats, ferries and other watercraft that glide through the bay and past my studio provide my daily inspiration. The glistening spray from waves crashing against the beach, the glow of the cliffs during dramatic sunsets, the color and excitement of people enjoying their leisure time and the reflections of light, the form and color from the surrounding water all illuminate my paintings. It's a rich environment with a wealth of fascinating subjects that allows me to produce work that people simply fall in love with.
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Carole Boller studied at Drisi Academy of Fine Art in Chicago, Illinois. She also received a BA in Fine Art and Art Education from St. Joseph Calumet College, and a Master of Fine Arts Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Carole has painted more than 300 commissioned paintings for hundreds of clients. Most have been portrait paintings, which became memorable and precious pieces of art enjoyed by those families.
Award winning exhibitions featuring Carole's work include the National Arts Club Gallery in New York City, EAA Aviation Museum Tour – Worldwide, and Indianapolis Art Museum Centre in Indiana – a solo exhibit. Locally, her work has been exhibited at the Newport Beach Library, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and Lido Yacht Club. Two of these exhibitions were solo shows. Art Residencies include the Art Institute of Chicago, San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Yosemite National Park and Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.
An avid sailor, Carole took great pleasure in painting the official image for the 2007 Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, the largest international yacht race in the world. This painting, "The Race," is now in the permanent collection of Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. Other paintings used for official images include: the Newport Beach July 4th 2005 "Old Glory Boat Parade," the 2006 Christmas Card for the Newport Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's 2007-08-09 "Flight of the Lasers."
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