First inspired to paint by childhood trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carolou Kristofik always loved creating art. After high school she worked a daytime office job and by night took the Famous Artists Correspondence Course. After half-hearted attempts in other careers, she finally enrolled at the Art Students League and at Brooklyn Museum Art School. She has accumulated countless awards and mentions of merit at exhibitions in Cooperstown, Schenectady, Cobleskill, Albany, Canajoharie and New York City, as well as in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The artist is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery (www.carriehaddadgallery.com) and Riverfront Studios (www.riverfront-studios.com).