Carol Struve spent her childhood on a farm in Wisconsin near the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, that which has had a long lasting influence on her artwork. Early images were representational and symbolic landscapes. Eventually, she became interested in distilling the landscape elements of color, light and space into images that would imply rather than describe them. Over time the elements have become more abstract, but the images continue to be about nature and its phenomena.
The beauty of the monotype medium is its spontaneity and combination of printmaking, painting and drawing mediums. The technique for making monotype trace prints allows her to use procedures that emphasize discovery through process, while at the same time continuing investigation of color relationships and illusions specific to shape, space and form.
Carol Struve’s experience as a painter spans 20 years. Highlights of her career include 16 one-person exhibitions, several grant awards and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Carol is a member of the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum where she exhibits her work and has received several Honorable Mention awards. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Carol has been teaching art classes since 1992, most recently at Dutchess Community College, SUNY Ulster and SUNY New Paltz. She also works as a Registered Nurse for Mental Health Services at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, NY.