Local artist, Carol Steinmetz, has developed her artistic style over the last four decades. The exhibit spans across her career, from her early works in oil to her well known florals, barns, and local landmarks and through her recent explorations with abstract and mixed media.
One of the major reasons she paints is to provide a visual experience: to mirror and reflect the beauty of her special region- the Iowa/Mississippi River's lifestyle and environment. Living along the Mississippi in Muscatine with its many historical landmarks, Carol finds limitless subjects to paint. She enjoys floral, landscapes and especially the old barns of the rural surrounding Muscatine. Her works have been purchased by both private and commercial collectors. Recently she has been experimenting with new techniques, focusing on both abstract concepts and environmental subjects as well as "figure" paintings.
Carol is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Muscatine Art Center, Left-Bank Art League in the Quad-Cities, and Art Iowa City. In the past she taught adult education classes at Muscatine Community College.
"It is a joy to begin a painting with a purpose in mind and have the colors or the white of the paper make it possible. I begin a painting with an open mind putting the colors on paper and moving the paint around to "create" a painting. It is a constant challenge; a fascinating, never-ending circle that I hope to pursue for a very long time."
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website