Artist Carol Jenkins believes “Paintings are like a window that can transport you to another place in time.” Places and things in everyday life inspire her, as she wants to express the feelings they evoke.
She says, “I love painting outside in nature, immersing myself in the landscape [and] capturing the atmosphere and mood of the day. There’s a certain grace and beauty that I see in the forms of the trees and clouds and all the harmonious colors around me and the sparkle of sunshine in the ripple of a stream. I want to communicate these things with a few strokes of my brush—not all the details—but the feel of the light and energy of the day.”
Jenkins is often inspired by street scenes and alleyways because there are many shapes, play of lights, designs and objects that compel her to paint. Animals are another subject she finds intriguing. “They have such great forms and energy; the light that sparkles off their fur or feathers [is] so much fun to paint,” she explains.
Jenkins’ painting View from Above will be one of the juried works in the Oil Painters of America’s 27th annual National Juried Exhibition. The show, happening June 1 through September 3, will take place at Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Top: Pond Ice, oil, 18 x 24"
Middle: Gossips, oil, 12 x 16"
Left: Downtown, oil, 12 x 16"