Red Claret Cup No. 2
|WAOWing the Centennial State / Carol Amos
Women Artists of the West
7/06/2013 - 7/28/2013
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park
Oil on Canvas Panel
16" x 12"
I live in St. Louis, MO, and Scottsdale, AZ, and paint the landscape, flowers, birds and animals of the West and
Southwest. My oil paintings develop from plants or animals I see that make me think "WOW - look at that!" I
depict them as "caught in the act" of any activity which gives me a special glimpse into their world. This feeling
of discovery is what I want to give the viewer. I love the small details, and so the paintings include the cactus
spines, insects, and other features of the plant or animal, and show the subject in its natural surroundings since
the details and the subject's relationship to its environment are often what makes the narrative of the painting
unique. The paintings are also composed to emphasize the colors and structure of the desert plants, and the
contrasts between the extravagant beauty of the fragile flowers blooming among the spines, and the effect of
brilliant desert light which highlights the colors and textures, and creates dramatic shadows.