Karol Oakley Master Pastellist, Pastel Society of Australia https://www.oakleyfineart.com
Painting with the pastel medium for over 25 years, Karol Oakley has won many awards for her vibrant realist style pastel paintings with works held in public and private collections, both here and overseas. She also creates paintings in oils and mixed media. Karol is best known for her seascapes and creek paintings as water and the natural environment are her favourite themes.
Karol paints from life and in the great outdoors as much possible, developing her skills and knowledge. In April 2015 Karol was in Monterey, California, attending the Plein air Convention and Expo, learning form the greats such as Albert Handell and C.W.Mundy.
Articles about painting by Karol Oakley have been published many times in Australian Artist Magazine. Other publications include The Pastellist International, The Pastel Society of Australia Newsletter and Hues Magazine from the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.
Karol is a member of the Pastel Society of Australia and a Master Pastellist of 18 years and was awarded a scholarship with the Pastel Society of America for 2010/2011. She is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Royal Queensland Art Society. At the PSA Annual exhibition and Awards, Karol’s painting won Best in Show and was awarded Pastellist of the year 2014.
As a popular and sought after tutor, Karol has tutored regularly at the USQ Toowoomba McGregor Summer School. Throughout the year Karol is invited to art groups/societies, in rural and regional areas as well as cities; teaching workshops and demonstrating pastel painting. Karol frequently returns to the Greek Islands tutoring magical painting holidays as well as Norfolk Island.
Karol Oakley is an artist with an ambition to paint the visual truth, to paint a representation of the subject matter. Her subjects are from nature and it is this world that Karol presents to you in her paintings; most of which are painted from life, either outdoors or in the studio. The gallery representing Karol's work is on the Sunshine Coast Queensland; Gallery Beneath, Sirocco Plaza, at Mooloolaba
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