Carole McClintock is a locally established Fairfield County artist whose work has been carried by many national and international galleries and exhibitions since 1988.
McClintock grew up in California, where living near the ocean with the intense light and vibrant colors of the West made a lasting impression. The youngest of three children, her mother was influential in redeveloping many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods and her father was an entrepreneurial business owner of an international shipping company.
The artist earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College with a dual focus in Art History and Studio Art. McClintock attended the Sorbonne in Paris for one year, where she was able to devote significant time painting at a local studio with a French master painter and visiting art museums across Europe.
She has created paintings for a host of distinguished clients, including the Windjammer Gallery in Bermuda, the Field Gallery the Christina Gallery and the Gardner-Colby Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, and private collectors worldwide.
Her artistic philosophy is to paint form a place of authenticity, not to be inhibited by what a viewer may or may not think. Every day there is something in nature that inspires the next painting. She prefers to work both in plein air and in the studio and often has five or more paintings going at a time. She typically starts out with a reference point of something that inspired her and then lets the paint and brush take over.
“The main goal I have is to portray the essence of an image without giving away all of the answers to what you’re looking at. Having some ambiguity allows the viewer to engage, reflect, and feel,” says McClintock. “My wish is that people will find a piece to connect with and feel the passion that inspired the painting”.
She is currently working on an underwater series, inspired by much time spent scuba diving in the Caribbean, in addition to other groups of work inspired by lily pads, haystacks, koi fish, and sky.
Carole McClintock lives in Weston and continues her painting education at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, where she has been mentored by modern day master painter David Dunlop since 2005.