About Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill

“Painting was something that I started rather late in life but it seems I have been working toward it for many years.  As a gallery owner and frame designer for almost 40 years, my sense of color and design was honed by the time I picked up a paintbrush a little over 8 years ago.  I paint intuitively and abstractly and adore creating something that is totally original – something that nobody else could have possibly done.  Sometimes I start by choosing colors or make a decision to break up the canvas in a certain pattern, but almost certainly the painting finds its own direction before it is complete.  I love acrylics because of their versatility and because they dry quickly, which allows me to add layers, skins, textures, and sometimes collage and then scrape or sgraffito into the under layers for detail.  That being said, I go through phases when oil paints are my preference….usually applied over a painting that was begun in acrylic.  And, most recently, I have dived into cold wax and oil medium.  That REALLY allows for layering, excavating, and creating exciting textures in a painting.  Whatever the medium, I think that color and energy dominate my art and are the recognizable link between my very diverse paintings.”

 

Biographical Information

 

Carmen grew up in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and later received a graduate degree from Boston University.  None of these degrees were in art!  She studied painting at the Art League School  in Alexandria, Virginia and in other workshops from Sicily to Santa Fe to Solomons Island, where her eponymous gallery brings quality art instruction to Solomons thorough gallery workshops, which she hosts.  Carmen’s gallery also organized the annual Solomons Plein Air Festival, which raised money for charitable organizations.  In 2013, Carmen organized a cultural art exchange trip to Cuba where artists and art lovers painted, visited the studios and homes of Cuban artists and learned about the architecture of the island and the Cuban culture.  Imagine the possibilities now!

 

Formerly a gallery owner in New Orleans, Carmen still maintains a house and painting studio on Royal Street in the Marigny and uses any excuse she can find to head to NOLA!  When not at her home in New Orleans, she resides in Solomons Island, Maryland or at her beach house in Wrightsville Beach with her many rescue critters – mostly cats – and her husband, Matt.

For a full selection of Carmen's art visit:

whiteout
whiteout
Village life
Village life
unearthed
unearthed
underwater rhapsody 48.60 plus frame
underwater rhapsody 48.60 plus frame
new cwo 2
new cwo 2
reincarnated
reincarnated
turq. cold wax
turq. cold wax
New CWO 1
New CWO 1
flipped, cropped
flipped, cropped
magpie
magpie
cwo6.14x14
cwo6.14x14
crossroads
crossroads
20180905_130340
20180905_130340
a swath of moonlight on the magenta mars
a swath of moonlight on the magenta mars
carmen_the_light_beyond
carmen_the_light_beyond
awaiting florence I
awaiting florence I
awaiting florence II
awaiting florence II
awaiting florence III
awaiting florence III
learn cursive
learn cursive
cosmo
cosmo
happy accidents
happy accidents
undersea II
undersea II
hidden reef 24x24 2
hidden reef 24x24 2
new tribal piece acrylic w collage
new tribal piece acrylic w collage
new large cwo
new large cwo
gnarly
gnarly
cwo diptych re shoot
cwo diptych re shoot
circular argument
circular argument
Feeling Frisky, revisited, acrylic on ca
Feeling Frisky, revisited, acrylic on ca
Jubilance!  Oil on canvas, ga;;eru wra[[
Jubilance! Oil on canvas, ga;;eru wra[[
Gris Gris, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48, g
Gris Gris, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48, g
Native Origins II, acrylic on canvas, 36
Native Origins II, acrylic on canvas, 36
Copper Vein - cold wax & oil  12 x 12, f
Copper Vein - cold wax & oil 12 x 12, f
You are my Sunshine, acrylic on deep can
You are my Sunshine, acrylic on deep can
Life takes a Turn, cold wax & oil on pan
Life takes a Turn, cold wax & oil on pan

Below are a few of Carmen's sold paintings

Landfall
Landfall
Lava Dance I
Lava Dance I
Lava Dance II
Lava Dance II
Lava Field
Lava Field
Cask 13
Cask 13
dark to light
dark to light
Read Between the Lines
Read Between the Lines
The Street Sleeps
The Street Sleeps
Windswept
Windswept
Halloween on Julia Street
Halloween on Julia Street

To see more of carmen's paintings please visit her website at

www.carmengambrillart.com