Carol Garvin 

"Carol Garvin on Location"
Carol Garvin
Coconut Grove, Florida
Visits to my studio are welcomed by appointment
People often ask how someone ends up on the road less travelled. For me it was wanting something more in life. So throwing caution to the wind I began painting full time.
Don't wait until you're ready, you'll never be ready.
"Sun Dance"

Packing light, I took painting gear, books, my antique bottles, some clothes, a camera, a couple hundred dollars and my dog Wooky. We moved to a tiny cottage in Coconut Grove and I slept on a cot. Loved ones were worried, but I never felt so free.
Don't let people tell you - you can't - you can. 
"Phalaenopsis Orchids"

Coconut Grove, a pioneer settlement on high ground with fresh water originally attracted Indians, pirates and adventurers. Today, the village beckons intellectuals, artists, revolutionaries, eccentrics, scammers and even a few Indians. I found it stimulating.
Inspiration doesn't come from a beautiful comes from within.

 "Back to the Islands"

I remember South Florida in the 1980's like this; Christo surrounding Biscayne Bay islands in pink mesh, a glitzy TV show called Miami Vice and the arrival of the Cocaine Cowboys. Machine gun fights happened, cash flowed and Miami sizzled with excitement. As a fledgling artist I entered the Banyan Festival Poster Contest and won. The poster, a local scene, was displayed in every business in Coconut Grove. It sold out. The following year I won the contest with another local scene. That poster sold out. People loved seeing places they knew. Suddenly I was creating art for environmental education, hurricane relief, art festivals, T-shirts, food labels, magazine, book and telephone book covers. I was the youngest artist nominated to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.
Art is all around you. Everything material created by man started with an idea and probably a drawing.
"Bone Fishing on Fly"
In 1991 on a rainy December evening Wooky and I found an abandoned puppy. I called him Gator and we squeezed him into our crowded home. Eight months later came Hurricane Andrew. My 1933 cottage survived but I needed a larger, sturdier house. Within a year Gator and I moved into a 1924 Mediterranean Revival home in North Coconut Grove. It was stunningly beautiful and roomy. The only thing missing was Wooky. In dog years he was old. We had the lean years together and now he was gone. It was a bittersweet time and I began hiding his face in my paintings.
Things change, tides change, and as much as we love them, dogs change. It's the cycle of life.

  "Dogs on the Beach"

One day an enterprising couple showed up on my porch and suggested I create a card line. I can't remember whether they were going to make me rich or famous. I feared abandonment. I consulted an astrologist and learned nothing. I forged ahead. A few months later 28,000 cards were delivered to my house and I went to sleep smelling printers ink and awoke uneasy. I packed samples and sent them off to my "reps" and never heard a peep. . . not even a hiss. A few months later an Englishman named Colin Day who had just started a business called me from the Virgin Islands. He wanted to distribute my work in the Caribbean. And by the way, did I have cards to sell? Suddenly my art was everywhere. We worked together for many years, until he found the sailboat of his dreams and . . . sailed away.
Believe in yourself - make dreams happen.
"Garden Oasis"
I’m filled with gratitude for everyone who over the years has worked with me, given encouragement, shared knowledge, and collected my art. Words cannot convey what that loyalty means. One person can create a painting, but it takes a Village to create an artist. To my Village I give my heartfelt thanks, without you it couldn't be done. You've made my ordinary life. . . extraordinary.
Learning starts when you begin.

"Saba Banana"

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