Carol McIntyre

Colorado Springs, Colorado

an artist who creates visual experiences that expand your imagination


“I love bringing color harmony, intrigue and beauty into people’s lives. Through my layering process and textures, I create depth which invites you to explore the painting while sparking your imagination.”

Carol Mcintyre – bringing you color, harmony and intrigue!

People frequently say, “I love your colors!” when they first look at my paintings. My current body of work, entitled “Unveiling the invisible: Abstracts Sparking Your Imagination,” welcomes you to explore your inner world. The interplay of reality and fantasy, color and depth, shapes and texture creates what I call a “harmonic mystery.”

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

At age 36, I unlocked the artistic vault that I had kept sealed for over 15 years. I traded my blue suits of corporate life in for an artist’s smock shortly after my late mother-in-law introduced me to watercolors. Prior to that, creating with my hands, drawing, ceramics, and painting, had been always been a part of my life. I stopped when I believed that I could not make a living as an artist and changed my major in college. I became a school psychologist and then a corporate trainer.

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

Sewing with zippers at age 5, was my first art form. They were very creative as I remember them. This was followed by copying simple illustrations. At one point I created my own cartoon character with pen and ink. During junior high school, I attended weekly after school classes with a crazy studio artist. She was wonderful and I still remember my first class. I believe her acceptance and teaching saved me during my teen years.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

Judy Chicago, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, NC Wyeth, Jacob Lawrence and Jennifer Davenport. Each of these artists convey excellence and a commitment to their work and their artistic expression that is inspiring.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My work is abstract and sometimes I fuse it with realism and/or my funky sense of humor. People love to explore my paintings because they can see or imagine many things while looking at them. It is easy to spend a lot of time with each of my pieces.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

During my first Art Open House, a friend brought a friend I did not know. She bought a floral still life painted with watercolor that had a unique perspective and content. This first sale was exhilarating and motivating! She became a collector and remains a supporter to this day.

What's your workstyle?

I am fortunate to have a beautiful studio in my home, which allows me to work whenever my heart desires. Usually, I work on only 1-2 pieces at a time.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

Inspiration is illusive and comes from several sources, be it nature, an emotion, an image, a concept, an event, etc. I start with a textured canvas and then choose a color palette. After that, it can take several layers of paint and turning of the canvas before I discover and feel the ‘voice’ of the painting. I often apply a variety of textures, and go back and forth between my brushes and palette knives during the painting process

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I live in the pine forest of Colorado with my husband of 30+ years and cat. Every summer, I spend a solo month in our remote mountain cabin to paint, write, hike and reflect. It is the place I go for solace and rejuvenation. Gardening is also a love of mine, as well as good conversation with a close friend.

A few pieces from Carol’s gallery

Riding the Waves

Silent Truths

Why they love Carol’s art

Jenny Mitchell, Business Owner

“What stands out most about Carol’s work is that each painting speaks personally to the viewer. She is a master at her art. However, it is the colors and the juxtaposition of her imagery that truly makes her paintings extraordinary and unparalleled.”

Joan Cook

“It was amazing to stand together at Thanksgiving & hang Carol’s painting in our parent’s home. The scene revived cherished memories for each of us. We laughed & cried as we shared our thoughts and feelings about the family cabin.”

More about Carol

Favorite Quotes

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.” Robert Frost. This quote eloquently captures my intention as an artist.

Shows & Exhibitions

“Unveiling the Invisible: Abstracts Sparking Your Imagination,” Colorado Springs, CO

“Below the Surface,” Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO

“No Time for Idle Hands,” University of Nebraska

“No Time for Idle Hands,” University of Arizona …and several more.