Bio

Art as a means to learn, understand and absorb different cultures has served me well since I’ve spent most of my life living in many places in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and traveling often to Great Britain, Mexico and Guatemala. Now, being more settled in the serene hide-a-way of Rockport Texas, my appetite for observing life in the world around me remains the same.Carol D. Koutnik

I’ve always been aware of color, shape and texture in what I see. But now I’m enjoying enhancing those shapes, and playing with variances of my favorite vibrant colors; magentas and yellows and cobalt blues. Watercolor and graphite are the mediums I used most often because they are portable. But now in my studio I like to smear oil paint on the surface with a palette knife like frosting a cake, or in contrast, sanding it like fine waxed wood and glazing it to imagine seeing what may be beneath the surface.

My recent paintings of plant life, edible plants in particular, have a mysterious meaning to me. I have cooked and served and grown them to nurture family and friends, given them up in times of grief and have limited my diet only to them during healthy moments. I’ve always reveled in their earthy beauty. They fill me with a great awareness of the adventures of life and paint that I want to share with my viewers. Carol D Koutnik 2014

Education includes:

  • Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
  • Illinois State University
  • Art Institute of San Antonio, Texas

Recent Activities:

  • 2017 Honoring Women, Gentileshi Aegis Gallery Association, Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2016 Honoring Women, Gentileshi Aegis Gallery Association, Guadalupe Cultural Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2015 49th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, March-May. Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery, Del Mar College, Corpus Christ, Texas
  • 2015 December Merit Award for an exhibit at Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport Texas, August, 2015
  • 2014 Wind Way Gallery Group, February/March. Atrium Gallery: University of North Texas Health Science Center. Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2013 Good Evening. Group exhibition at “The Living Room”. December. Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2013 Rockport 9, Group exhibition February/March. Atrium Gallery: University of North Texas Health Science Center. Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2013 47th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, March-May. Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery, Del Mar College, Corpus Christ, Texas
  • 2012 A month traveling in Europe—Wiesbaden, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France
  • 2012 “Four Women For Women”, March-April, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

Selected One Person Exhibits:

  • 2017 Fantastic Garden, Rockport Center for the Arts
  • 2011 Through The Bullseye, Kucera Gallery, Art Center of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2011 Pinon Hill Gallery, La Veta, Colorado
  • 2005 Poster Artist for 36th Annual Art Festival. Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport Texas
  • 1999 Enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas
  • 1995 Ancient Arabia Today, Joan R. Duncan Galleries. Koelbel Public Library, Littleton, Colorado
  • 1993 Al Baha Drawings, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, MaGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky

A complete resume is available on request.

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