Caroline retired as an R&D Director in 2014 from SAS Institute in Cary, NC and moved to St James. She started to paint and draw again, working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal and pencil. Caroline is a lifelong equine and horse racing enthusiast. She was a horse show mom for her daughter for over 20 years. They still own Jupiter, her daughter’s show horse, who is at a horse retirement farm. As a thoroughbred racing fan, she has been to many race tracks, and to many of the beautiful thoroughbred farms in Lexington, Kentucky.
Caroline is a member of the American Academy of Equine Art. She loves to paint equestrian subjects, but also enjoys painting animals and wildlife of all kinds. Besides horse and pet portraits, she also does portraits of people and has done many commissions. Her website is at http://www.carolinequinnartist.com.
What does the word "creativity" mean to you?
For 35 years I was a very creative computer programmer. Since retiring, I have re-engaged with the artistic part of my brain. I can be creative with a computer or with a brush.
What is it about St. James lifestyle that inspires your creativity?
I love having the time to paint in my studio or with other artists, attend workshops and prepare for Artisan retail events. Our community is so beautiful and full of wildlife and beautiful sunsets which provides lots of things to paint.
Describe the ideal environment which motivates/inspires you to create.
My ideal environment is being in my studio, looking out the window over our pond. The pond attracts all sorts of beautiful birds, turtles, dragonflies, butterflies and of course, alligators.
What advice would you give a new artist?
No matter how old you are, you can pursue the arts. There are so many different artist in St James and you can also find someone to give you guidance.
Where is your favorite place in St. James?
My backyard is my favorite place. I love watching the birds and I feed my pond turtles every day.