Local painter accepted in national art show

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A painting by Eureka Springs artist Carol Dickie was accepted into this year's 56th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, inc.

Deep Snow, a mixed water media painting, will be included in the show May 24-June 11 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth, Ave., New York, NY.

"I was really excited to get in," Dickie said. "I feel very lucky."

Dickie, a native of Texas, moved to Beaver Lake near Eureka Springs six years ago to pursue her dream of making art. She began showing and selling her landscapes in 2007 and now has work in two Eureka Springs galleries, Eureka Fine Art and Eureka Thyme.

She said she loves the Ozarks. "These mountains are timeless. It has taken me awhile to understand them and begin to reflect their subtle and powerful beauty."

Dickie says her paintings reflect her deep love and respect for nature, its rhythms and seasons "I have spent much of my life outdoors, enjoying nature and all she has to offer. That is where I feel at home.

"It is nice to be able to express how the natural world makes me feel, to give back some of what I've been given," she said. In addition to the Ozarks, she paints landscapes of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

Most of her works are on heavy watercolor paper but she said she has been experimenting with Claybord and Aquabord, masonite boards with a clay surface, for about a year. She said she loves the way the clay accepts the paint.

She uses watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein, pastels and charcoal as her media, in any and all combinations.

"I use the most lightfast materials available to make sure the works last a very long time. Works on paper used to be fragile - that is no longer an issue so long as they are kept dry and out of direct sunlight," she said.

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