The Society of Bluffton Artists

Carol Iglesias – Meet the Artist

A Plein Air Impressionist, Carol was awarded a prestigious Artist Residency at “Les Amis de la Grande Vigne” in Dinan, France, the former home and studio of famous French artist Yvonne Jean-Haffen.

Her painting was selected for the Museum’s collection and was on exhibition in France during 2013 and 2019. Carol is a member of American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Her paintings are in collections throughout the U.S. as well as five other countries.

The work of plein air impressionist Carol Iglesias, captures the very essence of her experiences throughout her well-traveled life. She invites the viewer to share in her love of the world and entices with her bold use of color and light. One painting may depict an appreciation of architecture and in another, colorful reflections on water.

Carol Iglesias was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her early years brought her to Calgary, Alberta, then onto Bainbridge Island, Washington and eventually to Virginia where she settled for many years. She now lives on Hilton Head Island, SC, and works out of a studio offering an abundance of natural light and spectacular views.

Like many artists, Carol’s love of art began at an early age. “My parents were very supportive of my interest in art and furthering my skills.” Carol’s mother would take her from their home on Bainbridge Island, crossing the Puget Sound by ferry, to art classes at the Seattle Art Museum. Her exposure to art was further enhanced by frequently visiting regional art shows and taking multiple art classes throughout high school. She was awarded an Art Scholarship to Olympic College in Washington, where she received an Associates of Arts Degree.

She continued her studies at the New School of Visual Concepts in Seattle before joining her friend, teacher and mentor, Jane Wallis in her private studio.

Several years after putting her paints away to raise her family, Carol embarked on a three week painting excursion with Wallis, opening her back up to all of the passion she had felt since her time in college. Simply put, “I knew I would paint again after raising my family.”

Carol’s influence comes from the great impressionists: Monet, Cezanne, Cassatt, Sargent, Renoir, Degas, and Van Gogh, as well as the contemporary, well-established teachers who she has taken workshops with including Kevin MacPherson, Albert Handel, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Richard McKinley, Desmond O’Hagan, Maggie Price, Doug Dawson, Susan Ogilvie, Marla Baggetta, Aline Ordman, and Jane Wallis. Iglesias has attended Plein Air Magazines, Plein Air Convention in San Diego, Santa Fe & San Francisco, participated in the Plein Air Painters’ U.S. Open on Whidbey Island, Washington and continues to paint plein air in locations all over the world. These include France, Italy,  the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Greece, Glacier National Park, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, California and other locations around the U.S.  She has exhibited her paintings extensively at galleries, museums and international shows.