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About Carol

Baltimore County

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

Objects and Nature

This group of work was created from observing and interpreting objects and landscapes.

  • Hyacinth Yard

    Acrylic on paper, 14"x11". I paint with a friend at her studio. Looking out the studio door last spring, I felt uplifted by the flowers.
  • Market Flowers 2015

    Watercolor and pen on paper. These flowers were purchased on a walk to the local farmer's market during a visit to Ocean City, New Jersey in the summer of 2015.
  • Daffodils

    Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 16" x 12".
  • Blossoming Treetops

    Acrylic on paper, 12" x 16".
  • Crane Fly 2

    Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 16"x12".

Imaginings and Interpretations

This category includes images that are more whimsical and/or edgy in nature. They are inspired by what I have lived or read about or seen on one of our many screens. Or they evolve from random thoughts.

Markmakings and Colorplays 2

At a certain point in time, I took a leap and began to paint without subject matter at hand, just the blank paper or canvas in front of me. I felt, in this way, I could open myself up to explore the elements that come naturally from within.

I started by making marks and layering colors. The organic shapes that began to form were surprising. Themes evolved, speaking to me of my ties to nature: the earth, sky and sea. I felt the connection to my body on a cellular level, cells racing through my bloodstream, clustering. I got a sense of swimming, floating, being lifted up.

Markmakings and Colorplays 1

I continue to approach the blank piece of paper to see what will develop. The process may range from bursts of energy to calm methodology. Some pieces bear witness to familiar themes while others awaken new insights.

Linoleum Block Print Drawings

Emotions Abstracted

Experiences

My artwork has always been a journal for me as well as a major means of self-expression. From early childhood, I was sketching and making series' of drawings to sort out my life. An anxious, introverted child, I kept my sketches to myself, curled up in a corner away from curious glances.

I am still documenting my life through my artwork. I use it to reflect on my past and the effects that it, or my perceptions of it, have had on me. I also use it to examine and work through challenging times, cope with chronic illnesses, and explore a variety of emotions. Now I share my art, rather than hide it. I have found, in doing so, that viewers of my work can relate to these experiences and/or find their own personal connections to my pieces.

Stitch Paintings

I suffer from anxiety and depression. There are times that are more challenging than others. During these times, I often work on projects that require repetitive handiwork. I find that working this way has a soothing effect on me when I am anxious and gives me a sense of fulfillment when I find it hard to muster motivation or energy for anything else.