Artist posing with her painting en plein air
Painting en plein air on a on a sunny 32 degrees day

How did you develop your unique style and why?
Carole Belliveau: I put away my brushes determined to teach myself to use new tools such as palette knife, scrapers, mediums and new colors to describe the high desert. I changed many of my paints to transparent ones, determined to build paintings that had levels of light filled darks building to opaque impastos. I wanted to lose my edges and paint more freely with color notes. Changing my approach to paint application became a personal expression of my enthusiastic love of painting here.

How do you find inspiration?
Carole Belliveau: The state is filled with historic adobe ruins and architectural rock formations under an ever-changing sky. There is a comradery here of artists that have the same passions for the Native American adobe structures, the multi-colored desert grasses and the flat Mesa’s cut against the ever-present turquoise skies. Inspiration finds me!

To see more of Carole’s work, visit:

oil painting of a bridge running through the canvas, road in the foreground, and trees surrounding the edge of the canvas
Carole Belliveau, “Bridge in Winter,” oil, 9 x 12 in., 2023. The arroyos and structures over them are a Quaint Santa Fe feature
oil painting of organic cloud shapes, desert environment
Carole Belliveau, “The Sky in Winter,” Studio Oil, 16 x 20 in., 2023. A painter feels they can touch the low sky in New Mexico, especially in winter


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