tranquility About The Artist

Ever since Carol Worthey put brush to canvas she has cared intensely about creating paintings that move people, that take them on journeys, that capture times and places of the heart. The Artist considers her Tranquil Moments Series to be the culmination of this lifelong desire.

What people and events in her life have made the search for Tranquility such a driving force in this Artist's life? When one has known stormy times, a peaceful harbor is a welcome destination.

Today Carol Worthey is happily married and thrives in a creative home, full of music and art, warm friendship and good times. To the casual observor she applies mere paint onto canvas when she makes her internal visions visible to the world, but there is an invisible ingredient that goes into each stroke of her brush: Let's call it “heart.”

What events led this Artist to journey from Turmoil to Tranquility?

The beginning was auspicious: The day Carol was born family friend Leonard Bernstein was in her home and made hamburgers shaped like stars, declaring, “This little girl's gonna be a star!” Despite this promising beginning, Carol's childhood was strident with arguments between her ill-matched parents. Unable to escape this conflict, she plunged into the world of reading, composing and painting, drawing incessantly either from life or from imagination. Inside the magic of Art she sensed she might discover the outlines of the soul.

When Carol was five and had been painting like a skilled young adult, her parents took her to Rhode Island School of Design to be admitted to children's classes. But when the school saw her drawings they scheduled a special appointment: Tested by dignified and sceptical art professors for her proficiency in drawing, painting and design, Carol was admitted to adult classes at RISD, where she studied anatomy, color theory, oil painting, watercolor, design, sculpture and all manner of wonderful arts until the age of twelve. One Saturday morning while at her easel painting a still life in oil painting class, an adult classmate managed to capture six-year-old Carol at the canvas, without her suspecting she was being painted. You see it here:

Carol at RISD Age Six [Portrait of Carol at RISD at Age Six: Artist Unknown]

Carol feels fortunate to have studied color theory and painting techniques at a very young age, so that these skills became absorbed into her very essence as an artist, freeing her to concentrate on mood and emotional subtleties while putting in the little details that make such a difference.

Carol's tenth year was a significant rite of passage: Her belligerent parents divorced in a shocking divorce trial that could have wounded someone less positive and — in that same dynamic year — a piece of music she composed was performed by a concert pianist in Carnegie Hall.

Carol graduated high school with honors and then journeyed to Manhattan to study at Barnard College, Columbia where she studied art history, calligraphy, and oriental brush techniques and majored in music composition, winning First Prize in Composition.

After college Carol settled for an idyllic year and a half in the art colony San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. This entire town is a national monument from colonial times, complete with cobblestoned streets, wrought-iron lanterns, expatriot artists from every corner of the globe and a palpable sense of ancient Mayan ways. At that time Carol was married to painter Eugene Worthey and so took on his last name. Carol sketched and painted the unique townscape with its singing bell towers, alleys and arches, spectres of cactus and wizened villagers. There she learned a unique style of decoupage (the art of cutting and assembling artworks from skillfully cut and placed papers, a far more detailed artform than collage) and created jewelry encrusted with semi-precious stones and antique beads, fashioned together with colorful cords tied in difficult knots so tiny that it was a form of lace making. Upon return to America this jewelry went on display at Folk and Craft Museum across from Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Today Carol has been happily married to Ray Korns for over thirty years. The warmth and openness her family shares has been a major source of inspiration behind The Tranquil Moment Series!

While pursuing a career as a professional classical composer, Carol Worthey has actively participated in numerous gallery shows in Aspen, Manhattan, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica California, winning Best of Show for her watercolors. In 2007 she participated in the Florence Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibit where she won a Special Recognition Award! Carol is proud to have represented Artists for Human Rights at this international exhibit featuring artists from eighty-four countries.

After all these group shows, it was a great pleasure for the Artist to have her first solo art exhibit in 2009 at the prestigious Art Salon of The Ebell of Los Angeles (the first women's club in the city and a National Treasure landmark). The show was a success with original works now gracing new collectors' homes and new works commissioned!

Carol Worthey has found a world-class, award-winning expert printmaker: Her limited edition, full-sized giclee* prints are now available at the highest level of beauty and utmost accuracy in every detail — this is an important new offering to potential collectors and an enticement to purchase Original Works when they are available. Her Tranquil Moments Series have proven to be very popular!!

Expect new artworks to come out of Carol's vivid imagination as she searches for scenes that express the indomitable spirit that seeks to turn Turmoil into Tranquility! Carol Worthey is bound to continue to create paintings that move us, that take us on journeys, that capture times and places of the heart. May these paintings distill the essence of happiness and bear witness to your goodness. Enjoy them — they were created for you!

* Giclée: (pronounced jhee-clay) From the French word meaning "fine spray", a precise process ensuring total accuracy of color and every detail.