Watercolor and Pastel Paintings
CAROL MILLS - Bio
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).