8 Freshwater Lane, Wilton CT 06897
Carole Southall is an artist living in Wilton Connecticut. She moved there with her husband Hermon Telyan, an architect, and two children, after more than twenty years enjoying the cacophony and intellectual stimulation of New York City.
Carole has been painting in oil and acrylic since 2011 when a visit to her son’s college, Rhode Island School of Design, resurrected an interest in art, her area of study at the University of Washington in Seattle where she studied printmaking with renown artist Jacob Lawrence.
Carole’s art education has mainly been informal, attending demonstrations, workshops, and courses where ever and whenever possible, in between her full-time career as a professional fundraiser for transformational organizations, currently with the Westport Country Playhouse, and prior to that, the National Park Conservation Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and many organizations in both the US and UK.
Carole is attracted to people stories and nature: Important influences from Carole’s youth are Thomas Hart Benton, from her youth in Missouri, and Georgia O’Keeffe from her childhood years in Texas. Other favorite artist-storytellers are Eric Fischl and Jacob Lawrence. While storytelling underlies many of Carole’s pieces, the colors, shapes, and rhythms of nature are also irresistible: Sonia Delaunay, Annie Albers, and Van Gogh are favorites.
Carole has been the featured artist in Wilton & Westport magazine. Her work has appeared twice on the front page of the local newspaper, The Wilton Bulletin, as well as the front page of the Litchfield County Times. She has participated in numerous group shows, including the Kershner Gallery in Fairfield, attracting the highest number of visitors and sales in the Gallerys fifteen year history. She has also completed a number of commissions and her work is in private collections throughout the US, UK, and AUS.