Carol's Colors Watercolor Depictions

About the Artist


Artist Statement: I have been painting for the past 20 years. Watercolor is a great way to reflect back the light, glimmer, and sparkle that we see in God's created world. I am only beginning to learn the rudiments of this elusive medium. Effectively painting with water and pigment is a lifelong pursuit that brings joy to the artist and viewers. . . . 
Artist Bio: female artist smiling Carol Leo enjoys the imagery of God's created world and her art is an expression of the beauty that she sees. Since picking up the paint brush again after a long break, she has concentrated on watercolor painting and finds a never-ending source of inspiration in nature. The purity and strength of this water-based medium lends itself to an honest depiction of trees, animals, skies and water. Her theory is that watercolor has inherent characteristics that lend themselves perfectly to the depiction of living creatures, which are comprised primarily of water. For two years, Carol majored in art at the University of Maryland. Her formal art education continues today through training by teachers and workshop leaders. She grew up with a legacy of family artists, including her mother, aunt, uncle, and grandparents who had painted for a living as well as a great grandfather, Abbott H. Thayer who was a well-known American artist in the late 19th, early 20th century and is represented in art museums today. Also a naturalist who became known as the father of modern camouflage, Thayer's love of nature continues to be reflected in his offspring of several generations. Carol is a signature member of BWS (The Baltimore Watercolor Society), WWCA (the Washington Watercolor Association) and a member of LAG (Laurel Art Guild) as well as HoCo (Howard County Arts Council)and MAA (Montgomery County Art Association). artist painting outdoorsA large amount of her artwork is accomplished in an informal studio in her home, but plein air painting is her passion, and whenever possible her studio is the great outdoors as she participates in outdoor painting events. She sells paintings regularly, as well as note cards reproduced from the paintings; and participates in local art shows.
Carol considers her spiritual journey and salvation experience as her primary inspiration and impetus for doing art. Her thought is that besides being an awesome and loving God, His visual design and artistic principles are the ultimate example of beauty in this physical world.  


Current Work: Forest Friends, Farm Friend & Garden Glimpses
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Forest Friends Series 12x20" framed "Emerging" $200
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Forest Friends Series 8x10" matted "Crane" $30
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Forest Friends Series 10x8" matted "I'm Free" $30
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Forest Friends Series 12x12" framed "Easter Bunny" $50
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Forest Friends Series 16x20" framed "Winter Watch" $200
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Forest Friends Series 14x11" framed "Turtle Trio" $70
Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Most exhibits are now live rather than virtual

WWCA at the Wheaton Arts Parade, ONE DAY ONLY, Sunday, September 25, 10 AM - 5 PM

I will have small paintings, prints, cards for display and sale at the WWCA Booth in conjunction with other WWCA artists.

City of Bowie Juried Exhibit at City Hall, "Fall to Winter", September 17, '22 - January 22, '21

See Autumn's End.

Small Works Exibit with LAG at MAC (Montpelier Arts Center) September 10 - November 12

Small sized paintings by LAG artists, see Montpelier Oak and Farm in Brookville

Laurel Art Guild at Morningside House of Laurel, MD August 6 - October 1

Morningside House is featuring 15 works by LAG artists. LAG will maintain a rotating exhibit at this facility.

WWCA "Relief from the Heat" at Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD August 26, '22' - January 22, '23

I will have two landscapes on display among the other works by WWCA artists.

Annual Friends of Patuxent Holdiay Bazaar at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, MD November 15 9AM-3PM

I will have a booth with original artwork, cards, and prints for display and sale. Proceeds help wildlife preservation.

LAG Wildlife Exhibit at Watkins Nature Center ONLINE (ongoing)

I have three wildlife paintings in this display along with other works of art by LAG artists.

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