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Carolyn MacConnell
Cincinnati, OH

About the Artist

Everywhere she looks, life melts into a painting, and beauty lives, becoming a new, slick form. Searching for all things beautiful, she uses her brush to capture myriad of different images on her canvas. For award-winning Cincinnati oil painter Carol MacConnell, art evolves through years of passionate learning. Here, the soul leaks out art.
Six days a week, she enters Over-the-Rhine, a Cincinnati neighborhood that breathes a mix of older style and distinct edginess, much like MacConnell’s work. There sits the Pendleton Art Center, a restored urban building that houses more than 175 artists…

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About the Artist

Everywhere she looks, life melts into a painting, and beauty lives, becoming a new, slick form. Searching for all things beautiful, she uses her brush to capture myriad of different images on her canvas. For award-winning Cincinnati oil painter Carol MacConnell, art evolves through years of passionate learning. Here, the soul leaks out art.
Six days a week, she enters Over-the-Rhine, a Cincinnati neighborhood that breathes a mix of older style and distinct edginess, much like MacConnell’s work. There sits the Pendleton Art Center, a restored urban building that houses more than 175 artists. Joined by her rescue dog, Luna, she quickly rides the Pendleton’s antique elevator up. Floor seven is where she stops, settling into her studio, her second home.

Inside her working studio, MacConnell begins to envision the next finished piece, armed with experience, bare emotion, and studied reaction. Layering shapes, she builds from dark to light creating colorful combinations to please any viewer.

Carol’s work has appeared in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe, receiving numerous awards. Originally known for distinctive, soothing landscapes, MacConnell’s style was later brought to life when she began painting ballerinas. Her latest collection is of lively, colorful florals. To view them is to love them! MacConnell explains, “When I was a young girl growing up in rural Ohio, I knew I wanted to be an artist. My school had a non-existent art program and my family was not artistic. So when I saw a ad for a commercial art school giving out scholarships and all you had to do was "Draw Binky", I was ecstatic! Well, needless to say that might have been the beginning but since then I have received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University and have continued to study with some of the greatest living artists in this country. I am a full time professional artist who works in oil and acrylic. For my latest collection, I have created several floral paintings in acrylic and pastel. these energetic paintings are big, beautiful blooms and they make me smile when I look at them.

In the community, for many years, MacConnell has worked with Artists Reaching Classrooms, an inspirational program developed by the Taft Museum of Art. Speaking to high school students, she steadily reaches out to inspire the next generation of local artists. In addition, she has donated numerous paintings to local and national charities.

Artist’s Work

Color me pretty
Carolyn macconnell

Color Me Pretty

By Carolyn MacConnell

Elegant bouquet
Carolyn macconnell

Elegant Bouquet

By Carolyn MacConnell

Watching ii
Carolyn macconnell

Watching II

By Carolyn MacConnell

Big beautiful blooms
Carolyn macconnell

Big, Beautiful Blooms

By Carolyn MacConnell

Happy bouquet
Carolyn macconnell

Happy Bouquet

By Carolyn MacConnell

Confetti
Carolyn macconnell

Confetti

By Carolyn MacConnell

Spring equinox 2
Carolyn macconnell

Spring Equinox

By Carolyn MacConnell

Selected Exhibitions

  • Art Comes Alive
    Cincinnati, OH , 2016
  • Viewpoint
    Cincinnati, OH, 2015
  • Art Comes Alive
    Cincinnati, OH, 2015
  • Art Comes Alive
    Cincinnati, OH, 2014
  • Art Comes Alive
    Cincinnati, OH, 2013

Education

  • Miami University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Miami University,1978