Perseverance is the Ticket

With such modest resolution and exquisite craft, Cole Carothers has created, in 30 years of painting everyday, a glorious body of work. Like other artists in mid-career, he has learned to trust his instincts and to paint for himself. As evidence, he tells a story:

“Once I exhibited a 96×96-inch painting (This & That, oil on wood) that was about an interior with a large painting in it. Half of the painting was the room and the other half was a painting in progress. A critic wrote that the room lacked proper perspective—without realizing that there were two realities at work there. Since then, I’ve paid less attention to what critics might say, because they seem to have their own agendas and don’t always look so carefully.”

“Before that I applied to graduate school for an MFA and was rejected,” adds Carothers. “I ended up getting into another, better program at a better university (American University in Washington, DC) where there were more museums, more galleries and a healthier art world in which to grow. The point is you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.”

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