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Maker : Carol Aust

10" x 22"

acrylic on panel

As an artist, I'm always looking for new imagery. One way to get fresh inspiration is through travel. In February I stayed in the Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage at Point Cabrillo. It was magical. We could watch whale spouts from the dining room table, and at night the beams from the lighthouse would sweep past our windows. 

Carol Aust works in acrylic on canvas and wood panels from her studio in Oakland, California. Her figurative paintings are emotionally-charged narrative fragments infused with mysterious tension and secrecy. She often places her figures in precarious environments where anything could happen.

Sometimes celebratory, sometimes lonely and disturbing, her paintings express a wide range of human desire and yearning. Aust’s work consistently features strong and vibrant colors along with figures that are both engaging and vulnerable.

Through her own private study she has been influenced by artists such as Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Kathe Kollwitz, and the German expressionists.

Carol Aust is represented at Commercial Street: 508.349.9451