The documentation of our human family, the sameness of its differences, is the overriding objective of my portraits.


While Carol's 30-year career has been mainly focused on portraiture of the many cultures of the world as she lived abroad, she's recently turned to a lifetime love of the natural landscape for inspiration, —and began painting abstractions of the landscape as she craved a freer expression and playfulness with her creativity.  Experimenting with alkyd oils, she says the layering process of the medium is not only conducive to landscape-inspired works, but allows her to apply color in a way that conveys intense emotion and gives the pieces a glass-like look.  Carol Hartsock often uses a striking horizontal line her abstracts to serve as a resting point, or divider, as in a horizon.  Much like a weather pattern passing through a landscape, these separate the landscapes of her multi-layered, textural paintings. Hartsock's paintings are characterized by an unrestrained joy of color and texture.

Hartsock received her BA in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati.  She is a member of Oil Painters of America and Women Painters of Washington, and has had solo shows from Scottsdale to Hong Kong.  She currently divides her time between her farm and studio outside of Seattle and her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 



2016 "Fragile Environments": Carol Hartsock CANYON Fine Art Santa Fe NM

2015 "Evening with Carol Hartsock" Hotel Tamaya Albuquerque NM  

2015 "Both Sides Now": Carol Hartsock Greenberg Fine Art Santa Fe NM

2015 "Portraits: Five Artists" Greenberg Fine Art Santa Fe NM

2014 "Women Painters of Washington: Harmony" Women Painters of Washington Gallery WA

2010 "Indian Market Exhibition": Featured Artist, One Artist Road Fine Art Santa Fe NM

2010 "Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Competition" Museum at Gateway Park Farmington NM

2010-11 Members Collect: "The Thrill of the Chase" Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Signature Exhibitor, New London CT 

2010-11 "Diverse Roots, Shared Future: Children of the World" The Gallery at Wells Fargo Bank Santa Fe NM

2009 "Embracing Our Differences" Northern New Mexico Gallery Santa Fe NM

2007 "International Portraits" Solovei Art Gallery Santa Fe NM

2006 Carol Hartsock: One Woman Exhibition National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder CO

2006 "Women Painters of Washington Members Show" Kirsten Gallery Seattle WA

2006 "49th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art" Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts Chautauqua NY

2001 City Hall Gallery Lake Stevens WA

1997 Enterprise Bank Sponsored Exhibit Bellevue WA

1994 "Faces of Reality" Frye Art Museum Seattle WA

1987 "Moments in Asia" Alvin Gallery Hong Kong

1985 Nineteen 97 Gallery Hong Kong


"Fragile Environments" December 2015 American Art Collector

"Capturing Faces" June 2015 American Art Collector

"The Heart of the Matter: Artists + Materials = Ideas" 2015-16 The Essential Guide Santa Fe and Taos

Best of America Oil Artists Vol. III, 2012 Kennedy Publications

One Artist Road Fine Art Lookbook 2011 Santa Fe NM

Best of America Oil Artists Vol. II, 2010 Kennedy Publications

"Top Talent: 150 Emerging, established, and most influential artists chosen by collectors, curators and gallerists" 1994 Santa Fean Magazine

I am deeply influenced by nature; the seasons, and geography, and love to evoke layered responses in the viewer, and create hidden surprises and experiences within each piece, —much like the discovery we experience in nature.

Good fortune has given me the opportunity to come face-to-face with cultures and people in many corners of the world: neighbors in Hanoi; farmers in rural Tibet; Aeta hill-tribe members and jungle survival trainers in the Philippines; wedding guests in India; crafts people in Thailand; powwow dancers of the Southwest; Maasai herdsmen, and monks and nuns in Ladakh.

I first exhibited in Hong Kong a series of paintings which grew out of the kaleidoscope of cultures and colors in which I was immersed. Since then I have continued to broaden and expand the cultures represented and continue to love our global community.

If my work spawns memories, triggers emotions or provides simple pleasure, then I am happy. I am always interested in how you react. If you enjoy them or have comments, I would love to hear from you.