Carole McClintock is a combination neo-impressionist and expressive painter, specializing in water themes, inspired by a lifetime of interacting with the water as a competitive swimmer, surfer, sailor, and scuba diver.
McClintock grew up in California, where living near the ocean with the intense light and vibrant colors of the West made a lasting impression. The youngest of three children, her mother was influential in redeveloping many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and her father ran an international shipping business.
The artist earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in Art History and Studio Art. McClintock attended the Sorbonne in Paris for one year, where she was able to devote significant time sketching from Old Masters at the Louvre, painting at a local studio with prominent French painters and visiting art museums across Europe.
She has created paintings for a host of distinguished clients, including new Stamford Connecticut Hospital, Lillian August, the Windjammer Gallery in Bermuda, the Field Gallery the Christina Gallery and the Gardner-Colby Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, and private collectors worldwide.
Her artistic philosophy is to paint form a place of authenticity, not to be inhibited by what a viewer may or may not think. Every day there is something in nature that inspires the next painting. She prefers to work both in plein air and in the studio and often has five or more paintings going at a time. She typically starts out with a reference point with a photograph of something that inspired her and then lets the paint and brush take over.
“The main goal I have is to portray the essence of an image without giving away all of the answers to what you’re looking at. Having some ambiguity allows the viewer to engage, reflect, and feel,” says McClintock. “My wish is that people will find a piece to connect with and experience some of the passion that inspired the painting”.
She is currently working on an underwater series, inspired by much time spent scuba diving in the Caribbean, in addition to other series of work inspired by poppies, lily pads, haystacks, koi fish, and sky from extensive travel in Europe, Africa and the Grenadines.
Carole McClintock lives between New York and Connecticut as she continues to develop her painting career. Her most recent journey was to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,350’, followed by a safari abundant with giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, rhinos and ostrich. Stay tuned for the next series of paintings.
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