Where They Are Now: Cole Carothers

Cole Carothers was the cover artist for the fourth issue of The Artist’s Magazine (July/August 1984); in “Composing with Lines,” he explained how line directs the viewer’s eye. “If you want to keep the eye movement in your painting flowing, it’s a good idea to avoid rendering objects by completely outlining them. An outlined figure will only look like a cutout shape; it won’t appear connected to the overall composition.”

In November 2006, we took another look at his work in “By Way of a Window,” where Carothers maintained, “All art starts from nothing” and humorously described the creative process as “true chaos.” Like Mary Beth McKenzie, Carothers is committed to working from life. “Painting what I can see is a humbling experience, but I’m more patient than I used to be. I also believe my eye for worthy subjects is more sensitive.” His works are part of the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Elliston Poetry Collection at the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Learn more at his website.

Juggernaut (oil on wood, 60×48) by Cole Carothers

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