Carol Gunn is a Bonaparte, Iowa, native who lives just a few miles outside of Bonaparte with her husband Allen. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and any type of artwork. She currently is exploring color and the techniques of working with pastels and oils. She is a member of Iowa Artist and a signature member of the Iowa Pastel Society.
Carol attended IHCC in Centerville, Iowa, and was greatly influenced by her instructor, Richard Dutton. After she graduated with an AA Degree from IHCC, she attended Northeast Missouri State University (NMSU), now known as Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. After graduating from NMSU, Carol taught art at Fox Valley Schools for seven years. When her daughter, Erica, was born, she began teaching in the Harmony School District, where she spent 28 years before retiring. She was blessed with the joy of teaching many students and sharing the wonder of creating art. Many of her students went on to successful careers in art.
Carol is now happily retired and has time to devote to her own works of art. Since she loves gardening, it is not a surprise that one of her favorite subjects is floral. She also enjoys doing landscapes and still-life objects.
My subject matter tends to vary. I am influenced by color, texture, and reflected light. If an image attracts my attention, I want to draw it. It’s my way of capturing a moment of joy I’ve had while viewing an image. Some of the art I create has a story to go with it. In other cases, I was mesmerized by something I felt when I saw it. My work tends to be very detail-oriented and realistic. Currently, my favorite medium is primarily pastel.