Two Hundred Mile Radius – The Art of Carol Flori
On Display August 24 – October 28, 2017
The Regional Arts Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM until 4 PM. Admission is always free.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Regional Arts Center
321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501
After a 40-year career as a Neonatal Registered Nurse, Carol Flori made the leap from hobbyist to professional artist and began to create watercolor paintings in earnest. Self-taught, she spent every opportunity learning and painting. Inspired by the large amount of watercolor exhibits at the Watermedia 2000 event in Houston, Texas, Flori soon became obsessed with the medium. The artist uses her own still-life set-ups, photographs, sketches, and plain-air studies to create her work.
Flori desired to pass on her knowledge and experience to help other artists avoid the pitfalls and difficulties of working with watercolors. While she has taught classes and workshops, Flori has also written an instructional book on the subject. She strives to continue to elevate awareness and appreciation of watercolor as a viable medium. It is Flori’s belief that watermedia will always entertain, educate, and uplift the viewer.
Flori has entered many local, regional, and national art competitions. Of all the awards she has won, Flori is most proud of her six People’s Choice awards. She is currently on the Arkansas Artists Registry and was twice selected to show her work in the Arkansas Governor’s mansion. She was also selected to have work in the 2016 Arkansas Artist Calendar and was included in the Arts Section of the Arkansas Encyclopedia. Flori recently won first place in a still-life art competition in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her paintings have been purchased for both private and corporation collections.
Flori is a diamond signature member of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists, a signature member of both the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Southern Watercolor Society, as well as a past signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society. She is currently pursuing membership for the American Watercolor Society.
“It’s funny how priorities change, especially as we get older, and not necessarily wiser. The view from the long end is certainly different. The challenge and the difficulty, in art now, is not to go backwards, in philosophy or position, especially out of financial necessity.
The philosophy can take care of itself, it you “stay cool”. The other does not so much, and should be viewed as a new challenge. The only other challenge has become purely physical. You find that you cannot sit, stand, or even walk for as long as you think you can. The trick is to keep moving, and to keep painting. Personally, when I plan to plein air paint, I will stay by my car and hire a kid to carry necessities.
Art is still foremost in my heart, even when life gets in the way. I have kept inspiration alive by reinvigorating old, discarded paintings, and by trying what I would not have attempted ten years ago. Failure is no longer an option, so I go for the gold.
I paint what I know, the familiar and the everyday, find the drama to make the common extraordinary. We are fortunate in my area to be surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers, vibrant cities and people dedicated to making their lives better. That stimulates my excitement in still breathing and advances my desire to paint with watercolor, my medium of choice. There is so much creativity and excitement in the world of watercolor right now. This has not been equaled in the past. I want watercolor to be a force in this century. And it looks like it will be if we can just wake the museums up!”