Caroline Jasper Biography

Oil painting traditions join less conventional methods in Caroline Jasper's work. Citing the influence of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist as well as some contemporary colorists, her work combines formal training with personal exploration. According to the artist, her painting methods are the cumulative result of studying artists whose work she admires.

Red is Caroline Jasper's trademark.  By no means is the first to paint on colored ground, Jasper’s choice of ground color unexpected.  Each of her paintings begins on a canvas totally covered with vibrant red. After first painting whites and then darks, the artist applies a broad palette of color in short, scarcely blended brushstrokes.  Color issues dictate mixtures and juxtapositions.  In the end, underlying red, still visible in bits, permeates the canvas.  The red ground's presence, while more obvious at close range, produces interactive visual effects when viewed from a greater distance.

Noted for striking use of light and color, her images range from casual scenes to object studies.  Regardless of subject, each of her paintings is motivated by a "moment of light."  "It's always about the light," says the artist.  "The right lighting can dramatize the most ordinary places or things." Water, boat hulls, windows, and other reflective surfaces typify her landscape, marine, and architectural images.  Painting primarily in her studio, Jasper works either from direct observation or references her many original photos. Capturing light and shadow effects at various times of day is a consistent goal.

Critically acclaimed, Caroline Jasper is a regular exhibitor in international and national juried shows and regional venues along with numerous solo exhibitions. Her credits include Best of Show in the 70th Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD, Best of Show in the Havre de Grace Arts Commission International Juried Exhibition, Cover Award for North Light Magazine, and the Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts by the York Art Association, PA.  Her work was also exhibited in Works by Contemporary Maryland Artists, A Sense of Place at the Governor's mansion in Annapolis, MD.

Jasper is author of Powercolor a Watson-Guptill Publisher’s book about color theory and practice. She is also a contributing author/artist to North Light Publishers' book by Sean Dye, Painting with Water-soluble Oils.  Her article, “I See Red” appeared in the Nov. 2002 issue of American Artist Magazine.

Jasper’s gallery affiliations include Art Source, Raleigh, NC, Delaware Art Museum Gallery-Wilmington, DE, The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, VA, Peninsula Gallery-Lewes, DE, Sticks & Stones Gallery, Wilmington, VT, and Verde Bleu Upstairs Gallery, Emerald Isle, NC. Her paintings are held in public, private, and corporate collections across the U.S.  

Jasper, who maintains her home and studio in Bel Air, Maryland, holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her more than thirty years teaching experience includes chairing a Maryland high school art department, serving on the Admissions Advisory Board at Maryland College of Art and Design, and conducting seminars and lectures at galleries and colleges. Jasper currently teaches in art workshop venues nationwide.