Carole Holcroft


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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it” ~ Martha Graham

Words to live by! I am passionate about life and all the gifts it brings! Having recently retired from the business world and my coaching practice, I am blessed to be able to continue exploring my creative side. Painting in its various forms, is just one of them.

As I enjoy the process of experimentation, I typically have no set plan before I start. That freedom allows me to continuously develop a painting until I attain a place of unexpected repose knowing that I have reached both completion and satisfaction. I create landscape imagery, ethereal interpretation, and designs in geometric shapes. I love color, texture and dimension so naturally the vision and inspiration of my paintings come from the organic shapes of nature and architectural shapes in the material world.

I paint intuitively. My work comes directly from my thoughts, feelings, memories, mind’s eye and is deeply personal and authentic. There is a story behind every piece I create, and my hope is to connect the viewer to that story. It’s both a process and an experience. On occasion, I will use an image or photograph as a reference point, but I feel at my most creative when there is no intentional image to copy.

I also paint commissions representing special moments and memories, for clients and family members.

My paintings have been accepted into national and regional, juried and non-juried shows and exhibits at Rockport Art Association and Museum, New Hampshire Art Association, Marblehead Art Association, Newburyport Art Association along with exhibitions at the Charles Fine Art Gallery and a solo show at Rowley Library. I am the proud recipient of awards including, Best In Show, Excellence in any media and Honorable Mentions.

Born in Cheshire in the United Kingdom, and educated at North Cheshire College, I have been a resident of Merrimac Massachusetts for more than 30 years.

For more information relating to my paintings, to purchase a piece or to discuss a commission that will be specifically personalized for your home or office environment, please contact me directly.




2011 – 2021

Newburyport Art Association – Honorable Mention Award for work in Pastel – “That Golden Glow”

Newburyport Art Association – New England Regional

Newburyport Art Association – Honorable Mention Award for work in Watercolor – “Post Box”

Celebrate Rocks Village – Rocks Village Juried Art Show

A Taste of Cape Ann – Charles Fine Arts Gallery

20th Annual Joan Dunfey Juried Exhibition – New Hampshire Art Association

Small Works – Charles Fine Arts Gallery

Newburyport Art Association – Best in Pastel award ”Seaside”

Newburyport Art Association – The Sam Sargent Best in Show Award “Seaside”

“Variations” Regional – Marblehead Art Association

Grassroots – Rockport Art Association & Museum

21st Annual Joan Dunphey Juried Exhibition – New Hampshire Art Association

National Show – Rockport Art Association and Museum

35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition – New Hampshire Art Association

Grassroots – Rockport Art Association & Museum


“Variations” Centennial National Exhibit – Marblehead Art Association


2011 – 2021

“The 18th Annual Exhibit” Abstract Artist Group of New England – AAGNE

Newburyport Art Association Holiday Shows

AAGNE Group Exhibition – Merrimac Library in conjunction with The Merrimac Cultural Council

“Unexpected” Rockport Art Association & Museum

Contributing Members Shows – Rockport Art Association & Museum

Solo exhibition Rowley Library Rowley, Massachusetts


Contributing Members Show – Rockport Art Association & Museum – Mary James & Slater Brown Memorial Award for Excellence in any Medium – “Postbox”


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