Carole Akins' paintings are candid snapshots of a moment with their striking character, motion and brilliant use of color. The subjects are in a way familiar, a personality one might easily recognize from their own world. Her figures and compositions are inspired by her "everyday life," and often incorporate fabric, photographs and other mixed media.
Carole Akins, who has lived most of her life as a Californian, began her career in art as an interior designer, a background which has greatly influenced and fueled her love of texture and color. She has created images for the Corona del Mar home tour, the Newport Beach Antiques Show and has been the featured artist for the cover of Coast Magazine. She has held exhibitions in a variety of popular local places and has benefitted many charities, including one of her favorites, Canine Companions for Independence.
Over the past eight years, Carole has become a passionate and committed advocate for the Hoag Hospital Cancer Center Creative Expressions program where she develops and leads the very successful "art as therapy" workshops for cancer patients and survivors. Projects range from multi-media sculpture and collage to painting on canvas and other materials – each adventure prescribing wholly to the idea that the creation of art can, in fact, improve one's quality of life.
Carole has exhibited her work in France, where she lives part time. Her pieces are enjoyed in residential and commercial installations in Southern and Northern California, the East Coast as well as England, Italy, and France.
Carole offers private and semi-private/small group workshops in her studio in Newport Beach. Please visit the NEWS page for information on upcoming events, exhibitions and workshop schedules.