ARTIST & DESIGNER
In 2001 an accident left Carol a quadriplegic. Carol’s spinal cord was severed resulting in complete paralysis from the chest down. Despite having only some arm movement but complete lack of hand or finger movement Carol was determined to find and embrace the beauty of life. Carol who never painted before her injury spent years teaching herself to use her paralysed hands and with the help of makeshift modifications to brushes and some specially made tools Carol found a way to draw, to paint, and to create. A move from Sydney to the Gold Coast in 2005 gave Carol the time to concentrate on her love of painting. Initially concentrating on oils Carol studied under well known Impressionists Colley Whisson, John Wilson and Barbara Suttie before being seduced by the radiant translucency of watercolours. Acclaimed artist, mentor and dear friend Maryanne Holmes was instrumental in aiding Carol to continue on her artistic journey.
ART & FASHION
In Love with Colour
Carol went on to study under other noted watercolourists such as John Lovett, Greg Allen and was fortunate to also be mentored and encouraged by the Godfather of watercolour, Robert Wade OAM. Carol also has a strong interest in fashion design and since her injury has been adapting designs to suit her disability. In 2019 Carol was invited by the Director of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane to design a collection of 9 inclusive pieces to open the Fantauzzo Next Gen runway event under the name of MeQ Designs, being a play on words, when Carol goes shopping she wants to scream “Me Too”, the “Q” referencing Carol’s quadriplegia. Carol is a current member of the Watercolour Society of Queensland and the Royal Queensland Art Society, Carol lives in Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast QLD with her husband Rob, son D’arcy, and a menagerie of crazy animals.