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37 “I started painting when I was 8 and did my first outdoor art show, The Allentown Art Festival, in Buffalo, N.Y. when I was 14,” she said. After two years of studying fine arts at York University in Toronto, Ontario, she decided to continue her artistic studies at a new school called The Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, where she studied painting and printmaking. She started working in oils and then moved on to India inks, then watercolors and acrylics. “Soon after moving to Florida I bought my first etching press and started working in Intaglio, a print-making techniques in which the image is incised into a surface or sunken area that holds the ink. It uses a graphics editing program,” she said. Now she travels all around the world making murals and paintings, sharing her talent by teaching classes and workshops to others. Her home studio is located on a peaceful, large wooded lot in Englewood tucked away from a bustling road. She looked at peace as she sat before a recently-commissioned piece and stroked a brush against a 5’ X 8’ colorful fish mural. She pointed to a small area of a fin, then added a bit more blue paint. “It dries to the touch within 10 minutes,” she said. “So usually I’ll just take break and then get back into it. It also depends on the weather and humidity.” Carroll spends between five and eight hours per day painting, starting early in the morning and working until sometimes late at night. When her work is done, she finds serenity at the beach. Swayze opens up her home every December and hosts a studio party, selling some of her work at reduced prices.


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