Carol Wallace Biography
American artist Carol Wallace has been a gallery artist for nearly 30 years. In addition, she is a prolific commission artist, illustrator, and designer whose artwork is licensed for the retail stationery and decorative giftware markets.
Carol's paintings and drawings hang in private, corporate and public collections in the United States and abroad. She has done custom artwork for a diverse clientele. Whether she is sketching from a hot-air balloon over the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, or painting a winding stone wall adorned with blue hydrangea in the Azores, Carol recreates the charm and beauty of these places and, at the same time, suggests a hidden dimension. One senses the people who have passed through, and imagines what might have occurred there. "I try to capture the romance of a county road or the mystery of an old barn," she says. "I want viewers to search within themselves and bring back their own memories."
In 1997 Carol founded a far-reaching venture called Preserve America® which is a combination of fine art, writing, public service, education, philanthropy, and commerce. As the Director of Preserve America and the associated Gatekeepers of History, she has traveled to over 1,000 towns and cities since 2000, after partnering with a singular corporate associate, paper and stationery company, Crane & Company. The artist began documenting all aspects of Americana through a unique "world-class" custom card and poster line featuring her art, photography, and writing. Since that first association, she has built a national network, including other companies and individuals who share her vision.
The original art she paints for Preserve America have a mission. These images have a life of their own, apart from her one-of-a-kind gallery art, and are used in a variety of ways. The three-paneled note cards and montage posters, reproduced from the originals, are considered to be "emissaries of history" by preservationists and museum curators. They bring heightened awareness of different regions and historic sites in America, serve as an inspiration to others wanting to preserve, and are a source of income for gift shops in museums, hotels and inns, and stationery stores across the nation.
In 2003, the significance of Carol's Preserve America venture, to bring stories of historic and cultural heritage of America to people around the world, was recognized by First Lady Laura Bush who invited the artist to visit the White House and also to be one of her official greeters at her preservation initiative event in Portland, Maine.
Carol Wallace created the pen and ink illustration which was engraved onto the commemorative USPO First Day of Issue Covers released during the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. The Covers continue to be sold through the National World War II Memorial Web site. Carol created a painting of Ellis Island, which was used by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to publish posters, note cards, and greeting cards which were sold for years on their American Family Immigration History Center Web site. The original is in the Foundation's art collection. Two posters, the 2' x 3' two-sided Country Stores of Vermont poster and Historic Bucks County poster are in the permanent print collection of the Library of Congress. Selected Preserve America note cards and posters are used by the Smithsonian Institution for research and education purposes. Carol is also a member of the United States Coast Guard Art Program.
In addition to being a professional artist, Carol is also known for coordinating large grassroots-corporate-governmental public service efforts where everyone works together for the good of the cause. Her best known work was for the 1982 State of Connecticut's Better Yet Connecticut TV advertising campaign for heritage tourism. She was appointed by then-Governor William O'Neill to his Connecticut-Vacation Travel Council and named Executive Director of the entire ad campaign. Carol came up with the concept, lined up hundreds of volunteers across the state, including the talent (actors Paul Newman, Art Carney, Susan Saint James, June Havoc, musician Skitch Henderson, artist Eric Sloane, and others), was the media spokesperson, raised the necessary funds, and oversaw the production to make this ad campaign the first of its kind ever done in America. Carol received many awards for her work, including the 1982 Connecticut Tourism Award from Governor O'Neill. The experience garnered from the heritage tourism campaign was the training ground for what Carol is now doing decades later on a national level for Preserve America. She is bringing stories about Americana to the forefront by collaborating with people who share her vision.
Carol Wallace has been featured in numerous press accounts and art books. She is an elected member of The Salmagundi Club and Society of Illustrators in New York City, and the National League of American Pen Women in Washington, D.C. The artist has been listed in Who's Who in American Art since 2007.
Carol recently wrote and illustrated her first book, a humerous novella entitled Daisy's Reality Show Adventure and is available as an e-book. It is also being published as a traditional print-on-demand book.
Carol resides in northwestern Connecticut with her husband of 45 years, Rick Wallace, a retired attorney. In her spare time she enjoys photography, writing geneology, cooking, music, reading, working on her various collections, and spending time with her children and four grandchildren. As a Justice of the Peace, she occasionally performs weddings.