Caroline Poole is a Suffolk based artist who paints from direct observation. Her focus is on the disappearing coastal landscapes of Suffolk which she paints en plein air on an almost daily basis whenever the weather and tides permit. Caroline’s particular interest at the moment is recording the loss of the coastal pines, the cliffs, World War II defences and the groyne defenses all of which are rapidly disappearing from the Suffolk landscape. Caroline says “It is really about painting what you see and not what you think you see.”
Her method is a direct way of painting nature which Constable used in his sketches. Like Constable, Caroline observes and scrutinises the landscape and subjects around her. Caroline’s paintings have been described as “picturesque” albeit with a much rawer aesthetic than the traditional Suffolk landscapes of Constable and Gainsborough.
Caroline trained with the painter Nahem Shoa who is well known for his portraits of black heads, which have been acquired by many major museums throughout the UK.
Caroline’s work has been included in several museum shows in Ipswich, Coventry and Hartlepool alongside paintings by Constable, Gainsborough, Monet, Freud, Bomberg and Auerbach. She has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society and the Ruth Borchard national self portrait prize.
She has exhibited regularly at Gallery East since 2019 and at Snape Maltings since 2021 and her work in many private collections.
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