Carol grew up in South Dakota and there she started her love of the prairie, wide open spaces, and the expansive landscape. Having tried a few years in Chicago for school, it became clear she wasn’t a city girl. Kansas, was where her and husband settled and raised a family.
She took some art classes many years ago and found out she had some talent, particularly for portraits. When Carol retired to paint professionally, the goal was to establish herself in KC’s artistic community and to continue to learn and expand her use of tools, mediums, artistic categories, and technique. Carol now uses graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel, and even oils. She mentors, teaches, and paints full time.
She often paints and shows pieces created from this beautiful land we live on, and continues to paint commissioned portraits for those who want a likeness of a loved one, human or animal.
Carol has worked in several area Galleries and is a resident artist at First Gallery Olathe. She's also a member of National Oil and Acrylics Society, Missouri Valley Impressionists Society, and current President and member of Mid America Pastel Society.
Selections of her work can be seen on her website, www.carolrubsam.com, and at First Gallery Olathe, as well as at area art shows and festivals.
What’s your preferred medium to paint? Have you tried different mediums before?
I prefer painting in oil and soft pastel. Although I do a lot of graphite with pastel color accents.
Favorite living artists?
My favorite local artist is a KC painter, Donna Aldidge. She not only produces beautiful paintings but is an inspirational teacher. For Pastel work I have great respect for the work of Alain Picard. Oil Painters Mark Weber (recently deceased), Phil Stark, and so many others, realists and impressionists, whose work I study.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville AR.
What’s the meanest thing someone has said about your art? How did you respond?
Anyone whose first impressions of one of my pieces starts with “that shadow needs to be darker, that color is too bright, that nose isn’t right.” I hope that before they see the work’s faults they can see something that pleases them.
Who was you biggest supporter when you decided to pursue art as a career?
My friend Kathie Kirkpatrick, who is a wonderful artist, has always pushed me to work harder, study more, and to produce and show my work. She encourages me to continue to teach and share what I know.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to make art for a living?
Know what you are getting yourself in for. Talk to professional artists. Get into a cooperative Gallery to learn what it is going to take to sell your art. This is a business that requires financial skills, marketing skills, and sometimes you get to create art. Be open to criticism, and willing to change what and how you create to appeal to your market. Find a mentor who will be honest with you and can help you focus on what will sell. My husband has a great eye for what will appeal to the public and sometimes his choices are notwhat I would expect. But he always gets it right.
Carol's Favorite Trekell Products:
Panels - wood, particularly the floaters, and linen on either birch or Gatorfoam.
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