I WAS A QUIET, INTROSPECTIVE CHILD who grew up near Boston, Massachusetts in a home with paintings on the wall, music playing and plenty of books to feed my imagination. But “home arts” were what I was exposed to most, so as a young mother supplementing the family income, I sewed clothes, baked pies and knit slippers before eventually designing a line of children’s gifts that sold all over the country. Basket making followed, and I loved dying the reed into rainbows and finding ways to shape my work in unusual ways, yet I longed for a deeper expression of meaningful creativity.
IN MY MID FORTIES I enrolled in the visual arts program at Berkshire Community College, where I joyfully immersed myself in drawing, painting and art history classes. I felt like a tight bud unfurling in the sunshine of my education. Following graduation I attended a weeklong class in Italy. My heart cracked open, colors flowed out and revealed a new path.
AFTER PAINTING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, unearthing ways to articulate my inmost reflections, my husband and I decided to move to South Carolina to be closer to our two grown daughters and their families.
I AM A QUIET, INTROSPECTIVE ADULT. My work incorporates intuition, emotion and contemplation via color, gesture, line and form. Each painting can be a road back into the past, winding through the ancient walls of Italy, or forward into the realm of unexpected angels. I play with the paint and the process, trusting and improvising and wrangling, until some mysterious alchemy reveals the finished work.
I paint because…
I like creating an oasis in the chaos.
I like mystery, history and make-believe.
It lets my head travel and my heart speak.
Carol Beth Icard
Studio: 701 S. Shamrock Ave.
Landrum, SC 29356
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