Abstract Expressionism is the word to describe the works of Carol Austin. First impressions may liken Austin’s work to that of Jackson Pollock. While their styles are comparative, there is quite a divergence in philosophy between these two artists. Austin is seeking spiritual harmony. “My works are charged with energizing qualities…where physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes dance together on the canvas, allowing for exploration on a higher level of consciousness.”
“Through meditation, I prepare physically, mentally and spiritually to enter a state of joy as I paint. Self-empowerment and expression of passion…the artistic challenge. As we celebrate and move forward in life, we express our passions…love of self…relationships…work…and play. This concept, known as the cross of life, suggests living a balanced life to develop personal power.”
“Through expressions on the canvas, I strive for positive or healing energies within my paintings. The body is able to differentiate between positive and negative stimuli, and paintings are a powerful healing tool. The relationship between art and healing has been a major area of exploration because of my background in the health care profession and my work in the area of spiritual psychotherapy. I invite viewers to explore the world of unlimited possibilities with me. Through my art we can create a symphony of color for the eye and a pathway to the soul.”
Carol Austin is Minnesota born and raised. Early years were spent in Brainerd until her parents relocated to the Metro Area. Carol remains a metro area resident and retreats to a second home up north. Art has always been a part of her life. Dentistry became her career choice but before entering dental school, Austin studied art for three years through Friedrich-Alenandes Universitat at Erlangen, Germany. After her return to Minnesota, she became affiliated with the Minnetonka Art Center. Her work became increasingly abstract. She has received quite a number of awards and invitations to exhibit including Art in the Mayor’s Office through the Minneapolis Arts Commission.
Austin enrolled in the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she focused on cosmetic dentistry. Austin excelled and soon became a leader in the field. She presents postgraduate clinical training and lectures internationally on cosmetic procedures and has published two books on the subject.
Austin’s work is represented at galleries in California, Arizona, Connecticut, and Chaska, Minnesota. “I am driven to paint and hope my art will help free us from our struggles of the moment to experience timelessness and serenity of the divine.”