Growing up on a farm in Canada followed by many years living in Africa, Carol has a strong connection to the natural world.
She is equally inspired by FarmEd’s big picture concepts and minute details: big landscapes, pollinators, compost and decay, plants, symbiotic relationships, worms, soil health, colour and hedgerows.
Making her own watercolour and gouache paints from plants and soil marry her passions for art and nature together. The body of work she has created combines printmaking, encaustic wax and a bespoke paint palette inspired by, and in some cases made from, elements of FarmEd, making it authentic and unique to place.
Slight change to the FarmArt opening dates -
OPEN 10th - 26th May, except...
13th May - closed to the public
16th May - limited access 10 - 1, full access 1 - 4 pm
Carol Harvey is a mixed media, Chipping Norton-based artist who is inspired by the natural world. With the beautiful rolling hills of Oxfordshire on her doorstep she enjoys capturing many aspects of it with her natural watercolour paints made from plants and soil. She began making her own art materials in lockdown which has drawn her closer to nature, learning more about the natural resources that surround her. Her work takes many forms - paintings, artist's books, works on antique pieces, encaustic wax on weathered wood and wood blocks, biome boxes, which are cubes that reflect the colours and textures of a specific natural habitat, and printmaking, particularly collagraphs. Her involvement in this FarmArt exhibition hosted at FarmEd closely follows the Glyme Lane exhibition of 2022. Both of these exhibitions have been the most meaningful creative projects she has been involved with. As an artist-in-residence working alongside four other exceptionally talented artists she feels it has been an absolute honour and has thoroughly enjoyed the dedication and creative exchange between the artists as well as working with the staff at FarmEd who have been incredibly supportive.
She teaches art and natural paintmaking in her studio and in the community. In her paintmaking workshops you learn about the pigments and processes and create your own personal paint palette. In her art teaching she encourages self-expression, student led art and the belief that no art is wrong because it comes straight from a person's heart and soul.