Artist Carolina Elizabeth Paints Classic Florals

Roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas and more are the subjects of her artwork.

Old English Roses on Linen Cloth by artist Carolina Elizabeth

There are many forms of art that dazzle the senses and immortalize nature. Classic oil paintings, however, suggest an elusive timelessness. “Painting has not changed much in hundreds of years,” says artist Carolina Elizabeth. “At times, the mixing of oil and pigments can feel like playing with some medieval form of alchemy… a bit science, a bit magic.”

Rose with Hydrangea in Glass

Born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Carolina knew she was an artist from a young age. Now she has lived in Oklahoma for the past 30 years with her husband and two daughters.

After receiving her BFA from the University of Oklahoma, Carolina decided to focus primarily on oil painting—and pink roses in particular. “I’ve always been drawn to the classical style of painting,” Carolina says. “I decided at 35 that this would be my new adventure.”

Peonies in Blue and White Porcelain Vase
Blush Roses in Italian Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pink rose conveys softness in her artwork and has a special place in her heart. “I inherited my mother’s love of roses,” says Carolina. “I lack her ability to grow things, but not the stubbornness to try.”

Carolina’s favorite painting, titled Still Life wtih White Shell, Silver Cup and Turkey Feather
Carolina Elizabeth at work
Old English Rose in Gold Rim Glass Bowl

Despite her affinity for the pink rose, Carolina’s favorite of her paintings does not feature a rose at all. It’s a quiet painting called Still Life with White Shell, Silver Cup and Turkey Feather. This piece is quite different from her other paintings, but it still displays Carolina’s classic touch. For more on Carolina Elizabeth and to view artwork available for purchase, visit carolinaelizabeth.com.

 

 



Display It with Style: Wall Art


Show off your collections artfully with creative wall displays.

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Photo by Bret Gum

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean you should be limited to using one beautiful painting per wall. Group several paintings together to create a unique display that makes use of your flea market and thrift shop finds! Keep in mind a simple color palette or theme if you are displaying paintings. Put the largest painting in the middle as the focal point, and artfully arrange smaller paintings around it. Don’t align the paintings so they are at the same level: keep it visually interesting and put them at various heights. There is something charming about a display that is “perfectly imperfect.”

 

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Photo by Bret Gum

Your displays aren’t just limited to paintings. Try hanging up vintage mirrors, sun hats or ceramic plates—or anything that you love and collect! The key is to just be yourself. It’s your home, so cater the style so that it suits you.

 

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Photo by Jacqueline deMontravel

If you want your items to really pop and take center stage, use a neutral wall color to create a blank canvas that is easy to decorate. In the case with mirrors, which reflect the light of the room, let them shine against a darker hue, such as the ash gray wall shown here. If you don’t want to commit to painting a room in a dark color, just paint one wall, which will highlight your collection even more. Happy hanging and have fun creating your one-of-a-kind look.