"People are endlessly fascinating. My primary interest has always been people. I think my gift as an artist is to bring life to people on canvas, and I
strive to convey emotion and mood in my work."
The art of Carol Strebel is realistic, sometimes photo-realistic.
With vitality and naturalness her portraits seem to inhabit our own space and breathe the same air. Carol uses a technique of building thin layers of
color to achieve depth and luminosity whether she is painting in oil or
Originally from the Northern Kentucky city of Newport, Carol lives and works
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Raised in an atmosphere that encouraged learning,
talent and originality, her talent and passion for art became apparent at an
early age in her daily drawing sessions.
It was a natural progression for her to pursue a career in art. After earning
an Associates Degree in Commercial Art, Carol opened Strebel Design & Illustration in downtown Cincinnati. Here she employed the help of many free-lance artists
and a full time staffer to help her create and produce award winning design
solutions for area Hospitals, Corporations, Publishers, Advertising Agencies and
TV Stations. Carol maintained this business for 12 years and while thus employed, she studied painting for 3 years at the Cincinnati Art Academy and taught illustration at Antonelli College of Art & Design. She also began doing portrait work--just a few-- while leaving behind graphic design and focusing exclusively on illustration work. Carol opened Strebel Illustration for the next 8 years, where she illustrated numerous books and magazines for major publishing companies, specializing in realistic paintings of people. During this time Carol took on more portrait commissions, began painting landscapes and her highly detailed still lifes.
Now working as StrebelArt, Carol's primary focus is portraits.
Over the years Carol has worked to develop her skills as an artist through attending painting groups, sketch groups, sculpture groups, painting workshops, studying the work and methods of other artists, visiting Museums, Galleries, special exhibits and reading the lives and techniques of past masters.
Throughout her career Carol maintained memberships in the Advertiser's Club,
The Art Director's Club and as an Active member of the Cincinnati Art Club she served on the board for 3 years running the Sketch Group and editing the
Carol has been showing her paintings in Galleries, Interior Design showrooms, Art Fairs, area Restaurants and Inns since 1984. She has won many awards for her painting and her work is in many private collections.
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