Carol B Spraker

Most of my life was spent in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and as a result my love of the deep browns and greens of the woods often comes through in my work. Every summer for many years my family and I vacationed on the beaches of South Carolina so it is also not uncommon to find marine blues and the creams and tans of seashells and sand sprinkled throughout. As with most art, I find emotion is a potent driver of creation and sometimes the colors and textures on the canvas are simply a reflection of emotions experienced during that time of my life. I currently live with my understanding husband who supports my love of creating art and my energetic chocolate Labrador Benson who keeps me from living in my studio and gets me out and exploring.

Abstract Painting
Creativity is an entity that takes over and throws me into a completely different world and a different time. I become a conduit for creative energy. Colors, size, or mediums are no restriction. I find enjoyment in the reactions of those that view my art almost more than the act of creating. I love making art that each viewer can absorb energy and feel emotions from, creating a unique experience.

          Arabesque Series
          Embracing beautiful arabesque styling, the artist with silent motion, moving upwards and outwards, draws the viewer first to the ending - the
          past - which is encircled and held in stasis. Central are faces of the present, half hidden but observing the potential of the future to build on the
          promises of the past - growing, developing, and moving to greater experience.

   Derived from the work of Hellenistic craftsmen working in Asia Minor, the arabesque originally included birds in a highly naturalistic setting.
          As adapted by Muslim artisans about ad 1000, it became highly formalized; for religious reasons, no birds, beasts, or human figures were
          included. The arabesque became an essential part of the decorative tradition of Islamic cultures.

          In Europe from the Renaissance until the early 19th century, arabesques were used for the decoration of illuminated manuscripts, walls,
          furniture, metalwork, and pottery. These designs usually were composed of either twining or sinuous scrolls of branches and leaves or ornate
          lines abstracted from such natural forms. (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Jewelry to me is wearable art, a transportable reflection of the wearer's personality. Jewelry can be a symbol of our style, beliefs, accomplishments or even history in the case of family heirlooms. I create jewelry that reflects my natural style and my appreciation for creativity in cultures around the world. I want someone to choose a necklace or pair of earrings which they feel captures a piece of what they want to show off to the world, whether it is their love of animals, their appreciation for oriental design, or as a celebration gift for an achievement.