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Hi, my name is Caroline Oliver and I am a freelance oil painter! I also make classic portraits and mixed-media jewelry boxes:


I have paintings for sale already but also love taking on commissions for new paintings, portraits and jewelry boxes.


PAINTINGS:
My painting style is abstract but transitioning more towards an impressionist, soft and wispy feel. I call my paintings abstract because of the absence of recognizable objects, people and places right now; - I want the viewer to solely consider color, spatial relationships and movement. My paintings range from what people have called "containing force", "eerie", "like Alice in Wonderland", to "beautiful and soft, like moving water". My favorite painters are Monet, Toulouse Lautrec, Wayne Thiebaud, and Cy Twombly…

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  • Female
  • Joined June 25, 2009

Favorite materials

Oil Paint, Duo Aqua Oil Paint, Pencil, Chalk Pastel, Watercolor, India Ink, Magazine Clippings, Tea Stained Book Pages, Glossy Decoupage, Matte Decoupage, Ultra Fine Glitter, Vintage Ribbon

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About

Hi, my name is Caroline Oliver and I am a freelance oil painter! I also make classic portraits and mixed-media jewelry boxes:


I have paintings for sale already but also love taking on commissions for new paintings, portraits and jewelry boxes.


PAINTINGS:
My painting style is abstract but transitioning more towards an impressionist, soft and wispy feel. I call my paintings abstract because of the absence of recognizable objects, people and places right now; - I want the viewer to solely consider color, spatial relationships and movement. My paintings range from what people have called "containing force", "eerie", "like Alice in Wonderland", to "beautiful and soft, like moving water". My favorite painters are Monet, Toulouse Lautrec, Wayne Thiebaud, and Cy Twombly.

PORTRAITS:
Drawing people has been something that I have loved doing literally, my entire life. Each person's face is fascinating in how every feature flows into another in a way unique to only that person. I have made portraits in person and from photograph. When done in person, the portraits become more like detailed sketches with some of the model's mannerisms and ways of moving detectable. If a portrait needs to be more polished and "finished" looking, then usually, working from a photograph is best. I allow clients to pick from pencil, charcoal (black, sepia, etc.), water color with India ink, or chalk pastel. Chalk pastel can be done in full color, black and white, or sepia tones. Because chalk pastel portraits are made up of layers of different chalk pastel pigments, they require more time and are more expensive than the other portraits (though, if desired, can be extremely detailed and lifelike, also).

JEWELRY BOXES:
I have posted some pictures of my sold mixed-media jewelry boxes so that you can get an idea of what they're like. I create a 3D collage on the inside cover of either a cigar box or old book, or simply cover a carved, wooden jewelry box with a collage. If using an old book, I hollow out a space for the jewelry in the pages and then paint that space (usually gold; but painted white or just being coated with a clear gloss looks pretty, too). Because the hollowed-out book jewelry boxes require more time, they are more expensive than the cigar box or carved, wooden boxes. I usually attach vintage looking ribbon or lace underneath the inside collage and cemented pages so that it also looks cute when closed, (the ribbons tied in a bow around the "pages"; it adds more gift giving appeal, too).






Here's is an excerpt of my artist bio:

EXHIBITED WORK:
Design Guide online, The Art Menu: Dallas Artists' Ambassadors
Origin. Art + Culture Magazine -March 2012
Hype02-Dec. 2011
Art Outside, Oct. 2011, 9112 N. FM 908, Rockdale, TX
Mokah Art Gallery:
“Sugary Paint: New Works by Caroline Oliver”, Aug. 8-Sep. 24, 2011, 2803 Taylor St, Dallas, TX
Mokah Art Gallery: “Framed”, July. 2011, 2803 Taylor St, Dallas, TX
Anthropologie, “Art Walk”, Apr. 2011, 100 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX
Art & Lily, 2009, 2000 Greenville Avenue/Dallas, TX
Weisman Museum of Art, Spring 2008, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy/Los Angeles, CA

ART EDUCATION:

Pepperdine University Malibu, CA 2004-2008
• Bachelor in Studio Art
• Emphasis in Oil Painting
• 2D Design; Drawing I, II; Sculpture I, II; Painting I, II, III
Independent Study-Oil Painting

Studio Daedre Pacific Palisades, CA 2007
Intern
• Produced hand-made stationary

Southern Methodist University continuing education, Dallas, TX–¬¬life drawing
Scottsdale Artists’ School, AZ–oil painting, life drawing, portraiture, and chalk pastel
Phoenix Art Museum, AZ –oil painting
Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ –portraiture and sculpture

Commissioned Painter and Portrait Maker / Dallas, TX / 2009-present






Here's my website address: carolineoliversstuff.com

and here's my blog address: artslices.blogspot.com



Please feel free to contact me anytime!!! :)

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