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. Her lifelong passion for creative expression was heavily influenced by her bohemian artist mother, who let Caroline miss six weeks of school at age 11 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, after many years of performing and recording albums, Caroline moved to Paris to develop her skills as a visual artist. Her colorful acrylic portraits of other expats led to solo shows in Paris as well as a number of portrait commissions. Since then she has shown her paintings in Paris, Boston, and San Francisco, and done commissioned work for clients around the world.
When she's not painting, Caroline is a video editor and creative director with Story Eyed Media, the video production company she started with her husband and creative partner, Cedric Pilard. She also writes poetry and memoir essays and has read her work at SF Litquake and other venues around the Bay Area, and performed solo shows based on her memoir writing at San Francisco's Stagewerx Theater.
In 2016, after years of living as an expat in Paris and a transplant in the San Francisco Bay Area, Caroline returned to her roots in Massachusetts, where she now paints in an old barn.
You can follow her process on instagram.
After many years of doing mostly representational art, I have found it a challenge but also a delight to make art in a more intuitive, responsive way. I see my abstract paintings as living records of gestural movement and improvised decision-making, like journeys or conversations with the painted surface about where to go and what to do next. Rather than trying to force a particular outcome, each painting is a process of discovery, revealing the unique world within each painting, the story each painting 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.