For me painting is related to sculpture; I create a landscape or room or tabletop in three dimensions on the canvas. My viewer walks into a room or onto a beach, and my attempt is to create that space on the canvas, whether it's a still life flooded with light, a landscape, or a figure encountered by the viewer. I share my constructed space and objects with the viewer as they walk into the painting.
Carol Tarzier is a Bay Area painter and sculptor. Her sculpture career began in 1993, a few years after arriving in the Bay Area, with figurative and abstract work in bronze. Awards for sculpture include the John Cavanaugh Memorial Award for Figurative Sculpture, numerous awards from the National Sculpture Society including the Roger T. Williams Prize, Alex J. Ettl Grant, Gold Medal, Maurice B. Hexter Prize, and the Bosque Conservatory Art Council’s Silver Medal.
Through 2002, Carol focused on commissioned sculptures, with a 7’ bronze memorial to C.L. Dellums, unveiled at the C.L. Dellums Amtrak station in Oakland in December of 1999, and a life-size memorial to George Hasslein, Dean of the College of Architecture, at CalPoly State University. Over the last years she returned to an early love, oil painting: creating structure with color and light.
Carol has received numerous awards at plein air events. Her paintings have been represented in national shows, including California Art Club’s Gold Medal over the last six years, the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery in Texas, the Haggin Museum in Stockton, and Oil Painters of America. She works in her Oakland studio and paints at numerous Plein Air events, and teaches workshops with Rossmoor Art Association.