Caroline was born in Florida, inheriting her artistic talent from her namesake grandmother (ceramics, weaving, enamels) and grandfather (sculptor). Like many of you, she has been an avid animal lover her entire life.
Caroline graduated from the University of SC with a BA in Art with emphasis in drawing.
After following a more traditional path for many years (as a marketing executive), Caroline always dabbled with painting and drawing as a hobby.
In 2016 she painted a white horse on 4 joined reclaimed Barnwood planks (as pictured in the Alpha Mare logo). Friends and family began asking for similar paintings, and before she knew it, Alpha Mare as a business was born, and she became a full time artist.
Caroline’s life has been greatly influenced by her son, a two time cancer and kidney disease survivor. She has become a passionate advocate for Make a Wish as well as the Trailblaze Challenge (both raising funds for Make a Wish). She frequently donates art to raise money to the cause, as well as others such as animal rescues and schools.
The Wood Process
The life of your painting starts as a plank of wood carefully chosen for straightness and smooth character. Typically white pine is used, but exotic woods can also be sourced by request.
The wood canvas then is born through a process of cutting, planing (straightness) and sanding (smoothing). It is then stained and if several planks are to be used they are joined using a special process leaving virtually no seams and lifelong durability.
Your painting is then created using oils, and allowed to dry before being coated and sealed with a satin lacquer.
Your masterpiece is signed, a hanger is added to the back, and you are sent photos to be sure you love it before it is shipped home to you.
After 6-8 weeks from reserving your painting, it will be ready to come home. It is carefully wrapped, a special thank you note is included, and it is shipped via UPS with tracking so you’ll know just when it will arrive.
“I thank you for considering my art. I look forward to creating a special piece for you!”
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