Carol John Studio Visit



Walking into the studio of Carol John was almost a religious experience, and maybe I say this because her big beautiful studio is actually a renovated church, with high ceilings that come to a point where light takes over and floods the room.


The wonder continued as I looked around the white washed walls filled with her paintings. Each of Carol's colorful pieces, and there were many, seemed to invite me in and compete for my attention. Brightly colored polka dots, ice cream cones, and short phrases written in a round pop-art sort of font, all arranged and balanced perfectly on the canvas. Each composition was just enough to keep my eye moving about, excited about what it would meet next. Carol John is an artist who is easy to admire. Not just for what she produces, but also because she is so humble and willing to share about her journey and her process. One thing I especially appreciated was her straightforward outlook; She has worked hard, and more importantly she has never stopped working. Though the work is clean, each line or dot in exactly the right place, she isn't too precious about her work. She’s willing to take out a finished work and add to it if need be. Her process is ever evolving and always a delight to see. It’s no wonder she has seen such success lately, and no wonder she was on our list of people to visit on our journey into the world of inspiration!


A short Q & A with Carol John:

What do your friends call you?
My friends call me Carol.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Europe. Early childhood between the Netherlands and New Jersey. Teenage years in London.

Can you tell us about your creative process; What keeps you painting everyday?
I paint everyday because I am very engaged in the practice. There is so much to learn and so many ways of seeing.

What is currently inspiring you?
I am inspired this season by the natural world, the incredible burst of blooms and also by the summer skies and the dramatic clouds.

Do you have any advice for sustaining a creative life?
I sustain a creative life by making a time and place to work everyday.

Do you have any words that you live by/ words of wisdom?
I live by the idea behind slow and steady, and a focus on learning and working.

What is your favorite thing about living in the South?
My favorite thing about living in the South is the pace. There is a lot of time and space for me to paint.

What is your superpower?
My superpower is the ability to keep seeing the possibilities.


All images + content © 2014 Hable Construction + Hableland

interview by Aubrey Mascali

photographs by Kristin Karch

thanks, Carol!