Carol Amos was born in 1947 in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Ohio and Indiana. Her grandfathers were an artist and frame maker, and a furniture maker. Her grandmothers were also both artists. She has enjoyed a lifelong passion for creating art and incorporating art into daily life while raising her family and pursuing careers in chemistry and commercial real estate. In 2001, she began serious study of oil and acrylic painting in classes with St. Louis artist and teacher, Jerry N. Thomas, and in workshops with numerous other artists. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and Scottsdale, Arizona, and enjoys depicting the landscape, plants and animals of the Southwest and recently also the Midwest in her work.
Carol gathers reference material for her realistic oil paintings on travels throughout the country and especially on morning walks, when she can observe the seasonal cycles of the plants and flowers up close and in depth. Her outdoor studies and numerous photographs serve as reference material for studio paintings. Almost anything can become an inspiration for a painting if it provides a unique or intimate glimpse into some aspect of the natural environment. She enjoys the challenge of concisely identifying the particular aspect of the subject which initially caused her “WOW! -Look at THAT!” response and then conveying that special idea to the viewer. Her recent work often consists of close-up views which showcase intriguing but often overlooked details of the larger subject, or which highlight a small or “ordinary” plant in a dramatic, almost iconic style when viewed at a distance, and yet retain a painterly quality upon closer examination.
She especially enjoys showcasing the contrasts between the colorful and fragile cactus flowers and the impressive spines growing around them, the relationships between the birds, animals and plants in the Southwestern deserts, and the way sun enhances the colors and beauty of almost everything.
Carol is an Associate member of the Women Artists of the West, the American Women Artists, and the Oil Painters of America, and a member of the St. Louis Artists Guild and the Sedona (AZ) Art Center.
Carol Amos’ realistic oil paintings capture the drama and exuberant colors of the plants and flowers of the Southwest and Midwest. After becoming a part-time Arizona resident, she was drawn to the patterns of lights and shadows created by the combination of the brilliant desert sun and the simple sculptural forms of the cacti and flowers. Then she noticed the details – the translucent petals, the spines, the patterns of the spines and ribs on the plants, and the interaction of the birds and animals with the cacti, and was totally captivated. Her paintings include these details so the viewer can enjoy them too. She feels that “the details are the icing on the cake. You approach the cactus to look at the flower, and then up close you see that there is so much more going on than you first thought. Even the smallest flower is a showstopper.” Recently she has also been painting Midwestern and West Coast flora, and is finding it equally interesting and beautiful – although quite different.