Monica Carroll’s paintings and prints spring from observation, perception, invention, memory, intuition and play. Explorations of her natural surroundings on foot, skate or ski fuel much of the work. The experience of nature instills a calm and a self-awareness she finds essential to the creative process--- so the two often become intertwined. Monica is interested in preserving and sharing her connection to the landscape and all of its mysteries, challenges and joys. Depiction is less important than an evocation of the infinite, surprising and sometimes chaotic way the natural world can inform and nourish each of us, when we pay attention.
The creative process and an exploration of materials are also central to her work. The eye and hand at play uncover layers and connections in a surprising way. She often observes that her studio practice positively influences the way she approaches life outside the studio, stimulating an open-minded approach to problem solving and discovery. Recent series have evolved out of the experiences of the rivers, canyons and peaks of Colorado, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, the woods and meadows of Vermont, and a nine mile skate on Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks.