I studied art at Ilkley College and the University of Leeds where I qualified as an art teacher. I taught in the primary field where I held the post of Art coordinator. This allowed me the unique opportunity to teach art to both children and adults. I held after school art clubs and encouraged parents to paint alongside their children.
I held the post of Secretary and Exhibition Secretary of Priory Arts Society where I was a member for six years.
Most of my childhood was spent in Redcar on the North East coast of England and this has had a profound influence on my seascape paintings. I am fascinated by the ever changing moods of sky, sea and light and I strive to capture their illusive qualities.
I usually paint on large canvases in oil, working quickly to keep the paintings looking fresh and the colours vibrant.
I am known for my paintings of animals, particularly my beach donkey paintings. I try to capture the essence and soul of the animals I paint and each one seems to have captured the elusive quality and personality of the subject.
I am a member of Gallery TS1 in Middlesbrough and my work can be viewed there, where we hold regular themed exhibitions.
My studio is with Saltburn artists and gallery, where we hold open studios twice yearly, for the public to visit the artists’ studios and watch us at work.
I have recently joined Cleveland Arts Society.
I have held many solo exhibitions in local venues such as Kirkleatham Hall Museum and Danby Moors Centre “Fifty Artists Exhibition”
My work was recently featured, twice, in the Aspire magazine from which I received positive feed back.
I take commission work for pets, animals and also landscape paintings.
I now live in Guisborough with my husband and two naughty dachshunds and Hamlet the cat.Carol Shaw