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Butterfly

Butterfly, 2020, acrylic paint and pastel on paper, 22"x30"

Midnight Waterplay

Midnight Waterplay, 2019, acrylic paint on paper, 11"x14"

Windswept Doorway

Windswept Doorway, 2019, acrylic paint on paper, 11"x14"

Hugs & Kisses Board Game

Hugs & Kisses Board Game, 2020, acrylic paint on paper

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About Carol

Baltimore County

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Carol McGraw was born in Rochester, New York.  As a young girl, she moved with her parents and seven siblings to Phoenix, Arizona.  Carol spent much of her time as she grew up tucked in a corner, sketching.  Attending Arizona State University, she majored in Studio Art, which had more of an emphasis on drawing.  While there, she found she could express herself more powerfully with paint.  Upon graduation in 1979 with a B.A., Carol went to work in an administrative capacity (a "... more

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Imaginings and Interpretations

Emotions and Experiences

Much of my work is fueled by my reactions to what I am experiencing from day to day, on my emotional responses. It has always been easier for me to express my feelings artistically. I grew up an anxious introvert in a large family (the third of eight children). Tucking myself in a corner, I would sketch my own little worlds in the midst of our rambunctious family life. I drew neat, orderly worlds because that's what I needed at the time. It wasn't until I was into my college years that I could start to break out of my shell.

Linoleum Block Print Drawings

I learned linoleum block printing in a high school crafts class. I liked the simplicity and the repetitive nature of the designs. At first, I used my designs to decorate clothing, mostly that I was sewing myself. When I was still new to Baltimore, in the early 2000's, I began making mixed media drawings based on combinations of my prints and using acrylic paint, watercolors, oil pastels, dry pastels, and colored pencils. These drawings allowed me a freedom beyond just the act of printing. I was chosen to give a presentation and show my artwork in The Ward Center for the Arts at the St. Paul's School for Girls.