Casa (Carol) James

As a young child Carol was called Casa by her father and it has stuck all her life. She was painting in oils at 12 years old and laughs about the subjects she painted then.

Carol studied art at Swinburne and Graphic Design at RMIT, then worked as an Art Director/Designer and Writer in several Advertising Agencies in Melbourne and Malaysia. During this time she also lectured at Philip and RMIT. Then in 1997 she travelled back to Europe on an extended holiday and once again fell in love with Italy’s beauty and brought back sketches, photographs and memories, turning them into 8 oil paintings on return. Friends who saw them suggested she have an exhibition and so she held a successful solo exhibition in November 1998 “Il Viaggio”

With a renewed love of painting Carol joined Heidelberg Art Society in 1998, making new and dear friends and with their help and encouragement tried new mediums such as watercolour and pastel. She has exhibited and sold with the Heidelberg Artists Society since 1997 and is a past President of the Society. Carol enjoys painting structures, portraits, still life and life drawing.
In 1998 Carol’s painting “Chianti” was Highly Commended at the Heidelberg Artists Society’s Iris Philipi Awards.

A second Highly Commended in 1999, conte on paper life drawing “Twenty Minutes” at the Heidelberg Artists Society’s Ern Salter Awards.

1st place mixed media section in 2002 Iris Phillipi Awards for “Life Drawing” in conte and pastel.

Achieved a Highly Commended for “Lemons in the Crate” Oil on Canvas at “The Eyes Have It”- Exhibition 2005, Gregory R Smith School of Painting.

Was awarded First Prize, Founders Day Awards 2005, Heidelberg Artists Society “The Old Shed” St Helena, in Oil.

Highly Commended, Founders Day Awards 2005 Heidelberg Artists Society “White Butterflies on Roses” in Oil
In 2004 with fellow artists, Bianca Pagnoccolo, Sue O’Brien & Grahame Macintosh, formed The “Al Fresco 4”- a Plein Air panting group, and have continuously painted outdoors since, in the tradition of the Heidelberg School. Their first Exhibition together August 2005 as part of the Winter in Banyule Festival.

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