Oil on panel
32" x 24"
Oil on canvas • 58" x 80"
About the Artist
Carolyn Young Hisel's paintings have
been shown throughout the United States in many juried and invitational
exhibitions. The Lexington, Kentucky native has had more than 20
solo exhibitions, including a 20-year retrospective in 1989 at Lexington's
Headley-Whitney Museum. Her paintings have won a museum Purchase
Award from the Owensboro Mid-States Competition, and an Al Smith
Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her work is part
of several museum and corporate collections, including the University
of Kentucky Art Museum. Hisel is a graduate of the University of
The drawings include descriptive studies
of things seen and unseen; investigations of media, especially watercolor;
and wonderings about what if...
They come into being as perambulations through the thought process
as well as simple mind-less doodles, and the latter are always more
interesting I think - more fun. My heart hurts much of the time
it seems, and drawing always helps.
The paintings often begin as drawings,
and in much the same way. Some of them come to a resting place very
close to the drawing, and others evolve over time, becoming quite
other than where they started. This show may interest you as you
see the difference.
But the central force behind all of my work is embarrassingly simple:
love. Love for the look of this earth (the color is key) , and love
for the sufferers in it. Every painting is meant to help; to make
a gift of a vision and a hope; to encourage my lonely self and every
lonely soul I know. Emotion is very near the surface in this body
Carolyn Young Hisel, 2010
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