Carol Mills 
Watercolor and Pastel Paintings


I was born and raised in Southern California.  My husband and I moved with our two young daughters to Forestville, Sonoma County in 1976 where we bought a vineyard to farm.  I was an elementary school teacher in Huntington Beach, California before that.  I spent the next 30 years in local politics, working in our West County Supervisor's office for 27 years.

I started taking art classes and workshops while still working for the county.  Once I retired, I focused on my art full time.  I have taken lessons from many talented local and international artists.  I primarily paint in watercolors, but occasionally do pastels.  I very often combine the two.

I don't have a particular style, but tend to be fine focused.  I like to find unusual subjects that interest me and that I find challenging.  I generally paint from photographs in my studio.  My work has been shown and sold in many venues and galleries and have won multiple awards.

I painted a series of cows that have proven to be very popular over the years.  I find their vulnerable, curious expressions endearing.  They seem to always want to know what's going on. 

We are fortunate to live in such a magnificent area that gives us inspiration everywhere we look.  Between the hills, rivers, vineyards, orchards and the coast, we have an abundance of beauty to capture in our art.  I am a member of Art workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS) and Artists Roundtable (ART) as well as the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SCA).

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