"I want to illuminate things with my mind and to project their reflections upon other minds...." Baudelaire
For as long as my memory holds, I have been influenced by the power of natural light and its ability to continually alter perceptions of my environments, natural and manmade.
While tending or walking about my gardens I witness colorful blossoms illuminated by the radiant morning light, dancing about in the gentle breeze. Hours spent looking, touching, smelling, hearing and watching in awe of nature’s way. This creates is a visual memory that carries me through the day.
The encompassing and lasting sensory impressions of light, shapes, patterns, textures and colors guide me through the process of making each image, that which is a reflection of the collective associations, experiences and memories of tending my gardens.
Carol Struve is a painter who makes prints and resides in Kingston, New York. Her works have been included in numerous regional and national exhibitions including solo exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City and Talley Gallery, Bemidji State University MN. Select regional group exhibitions include the Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC, LABspace in Hillsdale NY, Van Brunt Gallery & Beacon Beach Glass Gallery in Beacon, Wired Gallery in High Falls and the Steel Plant Gallery at Marist College. Carol served twice as a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship panelist and has been recipient of several grant awards and residencies including a Studio Fellowship at Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale NY. She was commissioned by The Hudson Valley Seed Company to create a design for a seed pack (Art Pack) and more recently is the recipient of the Robert Angeloch Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Woodstock Artist Association. As director of Herter Art Gallery at UMASS Amherst, she curated over 34 exhibitions and since has curated exhibitions at other venues. Carol holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has 20 years experience of teaching art to include UMASS Amherst, Bemidji State University MN, State University of New York at New Paltz, Dutchess Community College and SUNY Ulster.