Caroline Wampole is an artist living and working in Western Massachusetts. She was born in New York City and grew up on the East Coast in a chaotic but creative family. Her fate as an artist was sealed at age 11, when her bohemian artist mother let Caroline miss six weeks of school to tour with a theater company in Belgium. After college, Caroline moved to California and helped form the rock group Big Soul as a bass player and singer/songwriter. Big Soul's song in French, "Le Brio," which Caroline co-wrote, became a surprise hit in Europe in the late 1990s, and the band had a platinum record in France.
In 2002, Caroline gave up her life on the road as a touring musician, and moved to Paris to focus on visual art. For the next six years, Caroline honed her painting and drawing skills through intensive studio work and frequent sketching in the museums and parks around Paris. She became known in the expat community for her colorful and quirky acrylic portraits, which led to solo and group shows in Paris, and portrait commissions for people from all over the world.
After her return to San Francisco in 2009, Caroline continued to show her work and paint commissions, and taught a weekly painting class in her studio for several years. In 2013, her lifetime of creative work segued naturally into becoming a video producer and editor for Story Eyed Media, which she co-founded with her filmmaker husband Cedric Pilard.
When she's not painting or making videos, Caroline writes and performs songs, poetry, and memoir essays for private and public consumption. While in the Bay Area, she read her work at SF Litquake, Book Passage, and other venues, and performed solo shows based on her memoir writing at San Francisco's Stagewerx Theater.
In 2016, Caroline returned to her roots in Massachusetts, where she now paints in an old barn.
You can follow her process on instagram.
Every since I began painting in 1999, I have used bold color and expressionist strokes to convey emotion and energy on the canvas. Abstract art has allowed me to explore these natural tendencies even further, and paint in a more intuitive and responsive way. I see my abstract paintings as living records of my time in the studio, conversations I've had with the painted surface about where to go and what to do next - and mostly, when to stop. Rather than try to force a particular outcome, my goal is to reveal the unique world within each painting, the story the paint will tell - if I take the time to listen.
I work in acrylic and gouache paint, as well as mixed media with acryla gouache, pencil, pen, and oil pastel.