Born in Montreal, Canada, Carol Iglesias grew up in the Pacific Northwest with art always being a part of her life. As a young girl, her mom would take her to the Seattle Art Museum for art lessons, and on her birthday, she could pick an art book from the museum shop as her gift.
Later, Iglesias received an Associate of Arts degree in Art from Olympic College, followed by two years of commercial art education. Her travels throughout Europe and the U.S. inspired her art and influenced the choice of scenes that she painted. She used this training and experiences to further her goal of becoming an accomplished painter.
Initially, her medium was pastel. She joined The American Impressionist Society, The Pastel Society of America and The Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society, as well as becoming a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society.
Her paintings reside in private and public collections, both in the U.S. and internationally. Iglesias has also been published in many newspapers, magazines and books, such as “Quest France”, “Le Petit Bleu des Cotes d’Amour”, “American Art Collector Magazine,” “The Best of America Pastel Artists, Volume II,” and the “2017 American Art Collector Book.” Carol Iglesias’ artwork has been described as “Impressionist with Vibrant Color.”
In 2012, Iglesias was awarded a prestigious, one-month Artist Residency at Les Amis de la Grande Vigne in Dinan, France, the former home and studio of the famous French artist Yvonne Jean-Haffen. One painting was selected for the museum’s permanent collection.
Three years ago, Iglesias shifted her focus from pastels to oils. She has been attending plein air events to better study the natural light and environment around her. In the last two years, she has attended Plein Air Magazines Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego and in Santa Fe, Plein Air Richmond Fast and Fresh and multiple regional plein air events.
Iglesias says, “These outdoor settings help me refine my brushwork and style to bring out the sense of light and color which continues to lean towards impressionism. I am enjoying how the brushwork with oils shapes the subject matter on the canvas.”
Iglesias splits her time between Northern Virginia (where the husband works) and North Myrtle Beach, S.C. where she can continue painting – in pastel and oil – the beach, ocean and Southern living scenes.