For this year’s SOMA Studio Tour, paintings from both my Rock Series and my Turrell in Canberra Series will be on display, as well as several portraits. Giclee prints of selected works will also be available. Artwork will be displayed both inside and outside my studio at 12 Salter Place in Maplewood.
As an artist, I prefer to work from life and compose simultaneously with drawing and color. I adore oil paint, soft pastel, color and composition. The past few years, though I consider myself a colorist interested in spacial relationships, I’ve been painting a lot of portraits! Go figure! Regarding portraiture, human faces tell a story, though I’m mostly interested in the formal elements of the painting itself. It’s the interplay of color and light and composition I find intriguing. My personal challenge is to paint the flesh with sensual, descriptive color, capturing a likeness of the model, all the while presenting an energetic, balanced visual interaction among all the components of the painting. I strive to convey a palpable human connection with the subject, as well as a formally interesting painting.
2022 Solo Exhibition: Mostly Portraits at SVACE , NYC
2021 Feature Article: “Orchestrated Color” The Portraits of Carol Cassel Baker
The Artists Magazine, July/August 2021
Written by: John A. Parks
Carol Cassel Baker holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, a BFA in Painting from the Herron School of Art / Indiana University and studied Art and Art History at Purdue University. She studies portraiture through Continuing Education at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She is a retired teacher and former illustrator.