I’ve lived a long and colorful life.  I’ve often written about it, painted memories and adventures for the last twenty years, and I’m writing about it again, now, in the 7th decade.

I have been so blessed.  I’ve always had wonderful family, beautiful friends and cherished adventures.  I milked sheep, worked for diplomats and sung songs in fancy places.  I’ve steered bluewater boats, driven tens of thousands of miles of roads, taken trains from Norway to Bari, and ferries up and down the Dalamatian coast as often as possible.  I got to Paris as much as I could and never missed the opportunity to spend time in Venice.  I spent years in the Caribbean, years in Florida, Key West, Seattle and Las Vegas.  But I moved to the South for the first time in 1968 and this is my real home.

As an artist, I’ve had tremendous success.  I have paintings all over the world.  My colorful take on things has graced everything from billboards to museums, dozens of galleries, book covers, show posters, and huge canvases in homes and offices around the country.  I was part of arts incubators, arts fund raising, arts business classes, a public studio and my own gallery.

Now I am blessed to be able to stay home and paint.  And write and read.  And paint.

I cherish my husband and son and grandson,  my Maine family, and North Carolina kin, all of whom enrich everything about this quotidian life.

I’ve seen a lot and learned a lot over the years and miles, and what sets us all apart and keeps us all together is our individual spirit, and where it meets the spiritual realm.  Whether you paint, or write, or take photographs or weave cloth; whether you meditate or pray or congregate or drum; whether you walk in the woods or go to confession — where we meet as humans is in our spiritual connection to our world, and our opening our own spirits with the world. Artists and creatives of all kinds ask the world to look at their interpretation of things.  It is scary and humbling, but in the end, it helps us communicate.  It is what I often write about and I hope it shows in my painting.

4 Responses to About

  1. Carolyn Trent says:

    Carol – Ashley and I sure miss seeing YOU and your work at the OKC Festival of the Arts! Carolyn Bechtold Trent

    • Oh Carolyn! I miss seeing you and Ashley, too. You are such wonderful friends and collectors. Hope you are both well and happy. I retired from “show business” in December 2019. I’m 71, and I just didn’t have it in me to keep driving halfway around the country 20 weekends a year. But I miss you all. Today was the opening day this year! I recognized some artists I know. Of course I miss visiting with my lovely friends, and I haven’t seen my grandson in a long time either. 2020 messed with everyone’s lives, didn’t it? Please give my regards to Ashley, and virtual hugs. You can find me here, and I still work in my studio all the time, so let me know if you see anything you’d like to print or have me 3D for you! xoxo cjshannon@protonmail.com is my forever mail…however long forever is any more!

  2. dustmyhogan says:

    Hey! I think I have one of your paintings from 1974!

    • Hi Dustin, I am sorry that didn’t turn out to be one of mine, because it’s a beautiful painting! I love the colors.
      I never signed my name “Carol Joy” either. I may try to look into that artist, for the fun of it. There is a prefix in front of the name, and there is a notation afterward and they may be associated with a painting guild or professional society. I have looked into things like that before and it’s often a lot of fun. I will let you know what I find out. Is that a print? Or an original? And if it’s original, is there anything on the back?

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