Carol Bentley - Founder
I was born with a happy heart. I like to think that my paintings reflect that. To me, art is a love affair with life. I am fascinated by the beauty and rich diversity our world offers. The thrill for me in creating an image is in capturing spirit - the elusive spark that defines the essence of a look, a smile or a place.
A drawing for a new painting contains carefully drawn shapes and or objects. My goal is to create movement or “flow” by weaving color, giving the shapes a directional visual feel, unity, interplay and depth. At times this process seems to take on a life of its own and becomes something quite different from my original plan.
Carol Bentley loves to paint nature and delights in the beauty and variety of all God's creations. Various ages of both the young and fresh faces and those worn by life's adventures are created with skill and love. Art is a wonderful way to connect with the things she loves best and finds the creative process a joyful and edifying journey. Her paintings are an expression of the gratitude for the blessings of life on this earth.
Carol is the mother of four handsome sons, one lovely daughter and ten exceptional grandchildren.
Bachelor of Arts in Education - Arizona State University
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona
Arizona Watercolor Association, Past President
Waterworks Artists Critique Group - Founder
Portrait Artists of Arizona
Scottsdale Artist League
Arizona Art Alliance
Chandler Center for the Arts
Chandler Historical Museum
Glendale Community College
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Arizona Watercolor Association National Exhibition
Lake Powell Art Association National Show
Arizona Watercolor Association
Arizona State Fair - Award Winner
Arizona State Fair Poster Contest - Finalist
Scottsdale Artist School "Strokes of Genius"
Scottsdale Celebration of the Fine Arts
Treasures in Art, Pinnacle Peak, Arizona
Weible Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Gallery 19, Phoenix, Arizona
Gold Dust Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Windmill Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS REGARDING JOURNALS AND SKETCHBOOKS
I am excited and a little nervous to start a blog about my art and other loves. I think of it as a bin to dump ideas, images and attempts at writing: a gathering point. I have been a spastic journal keeper and tattered bits of my life and work lay unrevealed between the covers of water and paint splattered sketchbooks, leather bound journals with gold edging with only a few lonely entries marring pristine pages. Small black sketchbooks that fit nicely into my purse are filled with drawings, attempted poetry and notes from church meetings, lists and mind maps, phone numbers and reminders. Aquabee sketchbooks are my favorite because they can take watercolor paint, the paper is heavier and doesn't buckle. I have boxes of them in my studio.
I get nervous when people start leafing through my sketchbooks, a little shy and vexed - what will be revealed? It is a lot like going to the beach - just how much do you dare to uncover and are you the only one who cares? What makes me think anyone is even looking? Good grief!
Maybe at this season of my life it is time to gather in the journal entries, drawings and painting - the people - gather together all the odd bits and beloved pieces of my life and take a look at my art journal. ~ Carol Allen Bentley