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Carole Hillsbery

I’ve had a burning love affair with watercolor for over thirty years and the passion has never cooled nor the intensity ever lessened.  In fact, I am more in awe of the medium today than I was in the beginning.  The very basic character of watercolor is thrilling and beautiful in its purity and simplicity. Water and color mixing on paper is amazing in its ability to please the eye and evoke emotion.  My goal is to find a way to make use of all that watercolor is without losing its free-flowing, natural abilities

I want to paint powerful, passionate paintings.

It is my desire in the workshops I teach and demos I do to inspire artists to loosen up, put aside that “need” to make a perfect painting and just have fun discovering all the amazing things water media can do! New ideas?  Bring them on!

Carole is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Northwest Watercolor Society and the Arizona Watercolor Society. She is a juried member on the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  She is a featured artist in the December 2006 American Artist magazine and March 2010 Southwest Art magazine.  The Backstreet Gallery in Florence, Pacific Art Alliance in Lincoln City and the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, represent her work.

Carole is committed to encouraging both new and advanced watercolor artists through her many workshops, classes and watercolor demonstrations.  If you are interested in Carole’s workshop or teaching schedule , please email

“Every Artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”  Henry Ward Beecher

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