I am a visual artist and writer based in the Southeastern U.S. I paint and write from this location in metro Atlanta. visual inspiration comes from southern terrains, the Colorado west, and all eastern coastal areas. I paint contemporary landscapes, figurative, and abstract forms. I am inspired by unforgettable correspondences, found in light, color, and form. These elements begin a visual/spiritual dialogue toward my finished work. Those dialogues don't always stay within an artwork. They also might find their way into stories, poems, and books.
SCAPES: Land-Water-Sky Scapes connect to my perception of a place's infinite spirit. Or, Scapes may reveal what occurs in my own spirit as I observe a particular place at a particular time. I look for an uncanny and magical sense of place in landscapes. I watch for those odd times of day or night in which to capture those things that capture me. I work to express my own experiences of incredible light and spirit--those sacred moments, with which from time-to-time we are blessed.
FIGURATIVE / BEINGS: I look for a sense of the human spirit within my figurative works. Whether the image is of a human being or other breathings things, my paintings explore our human senses toward new perceptions. Sometimes jarring, other times transcending. I paint to provide new language for our perceived realities, which we see and experience. Here, we find the junctions of our most real thoughts and feelings.
ABSTRACT: I delight in discovering bridges that link our external and inner worlds. These bridges rely on abstract functions, hinted at in more traditional modes. These bridges are clearer in abstract form. They are the bridges that link the seen and unseen.
INSTALLATIONS: My installations relate to the vision of more than one image for a place, thing, or being. My background includes independent filmmaking and study with Avant-garde filmmakers from San Francisco as well as classical and independent film history. You will see references to these things in my work.
I pay homage to the spirit and leadership of Mark Rothko in my own visual journey. His work reached ultimate goals of locating and helping us see that holy place in between the seen and unseen. As for my writing, I love the quiet, sharp humor and excellent stories told by Annie Proulx.
As a visual writer and lyrical artist, I presently am developing these narratives.
(I will add the Persistence of Vision blog here, as well.)
Selected and juried art exhibitions from 2001 through 2021
- Quinlan Art Center Juried (Many shows)
- Artisan's Resource Center, Marietta, GA 2013
- Trinity School's Juried Artists' Market (Spotlight on Art 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014)
- Ritz-Carlton - Orlando - Presidential Suite
- Atlanta Juried "Trees Atlanta" (Anne Irwin, Juror)
PRESS (additional postings to come)
In the 1980s, I had a one-person show (paintings and filmmaking) at the University of South Florida. I was awarded filmmaking grants from Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs, showed in numerous group shows, was awarded at a Gasparilla Art Show, and
2001-2020 I painted from my studios at Atlanta's Tula Art Center, my home studio in Roswell, GA, and St. Simons Island, Ga. I now paint from my private studio northwest of Atlanta.
Earlier Press Clippings...
"Well positioned in visual art, she has awards in painting, independent filmmaking, and writing in Florida, Georgia, and international competitions. Her paintings and installations are valued by private and corporate collectors in the U.S. and abroad, including the Ritz-Carleton/Orlando; corporations in Atlanta, GA; attorneys and medical groups, and many residential collectors."
"Roddenberry’s visual approach pushes boundaries of traditional representation. In her work, she uses found and antique objects along with her own studies of landscapes, people and things, uniquely combining elements of comfort and mystery, and providing an evocative balance that invites contemplation. Working in oil, mixed media, and found objects on canvas and hard-based wood panels, her paintings and installations are recognized for their contemporary vitality, color relationships and distinctive surfaces."
M.A.P.W. (2019) Creative Writing, Kennesaw State University. (Fiction, Poetry, and Graphic Novels)
B.A. Fine Art, University of South Florida – Cinematography & Painting
A.A. Art Education, Georgia State University - Painting & Drawing
Studied with: Will Hindle, Independent Filmmaker whose work is in MOMA, NYC; Jerry Weiss, Painter, Silvermine, CT; others.
Awards and Distinctions
Juried Member – Arts & Healing Network www.artheals.org
Individual Artist's Fellowship : Independent Filmmaking - Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Merit Awards: Gasparilla Art Festival, Tampa, (Jurors were MOMA curators)
Third Place- JVR International Competition - Film Script
CLIO Award - Film/Video
Work presented in Atlanta's Decorator Showcase
First Place, juried poetry award at the University of South Florida. Richard Eberhart, U.S. Poet Laureate was juror.
Chinsegut Film Festival - Independent Film
20+ Years, Various Juried Art Shows - Atlanta, Florida, New York
Exhibitions & Representation
Solo (Paintings and Films)
Taylor-Kinzel Gallery, Roswell, GA (2005-2021)
Gulf Coast Art Alliance, Tampa, Fl; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
TULA Art Center, Atlanta
Chinsegut Film Festival, Tampa
I was also represented in several other galleries in Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida, which are now closed due to recessions and pandemic. So, I took a hiatus in 2016-2019 to return to graduate school, where I began developing graphic novels, writing about art, and exploring ways and means to merge my fine art with my writing.
For questions about Carol Roddenberry and/or her work, contact Scott Ward email@example.com text or call 404-218-5641