Chili Pepper
30 x 24 in.
Oil on Panel
Available at Alta Vista Gallery, 2839 Broadstone Rd, Valle Crucis, NC 828.963.5247

Relentlessly curious, contemporary artist Monique Carr is driven by exploration—the work responds in unexpected ways, often in the influence of color choices but also in material and technique. She is not afraid to try new things. Monique’s voice translates landscapes into a fusion of experience, experiment, and emotion. She enjoys painting en plein air, while still preserving her unique vision of the scene.

Her show Textures of Nature is now on display at Alta Vista Gallery through October 13. The exhibit includes over 25 new paintings, with the subject matter ranging from landscapes to florals. Preview the show on Facebook, Instagram or her website.

After growing up in Montreal, Canada and spending 10 years in the Cayman Islands, Monique and her husband made East Tennessee their home in 1999. Monique worked as a graphic artist for over 20 years prior to becoming a full-time fine artist. Ever evaluating and evolving her style, Monique has continued throughout her professional career to study under many well-known artists, including Guido Frick, Peggy Root, Betty Carr, Kathie Odom, Aimone Art School. The style that emerges in Monique’s work is out of the ordinary. It bursts with energy with its vibrant colors, constant movement and intriguing texture. She likes to experiment, try different mediums and substrates, and embrace the new discoveries. Also, you will find that each of her painting holds a small exclamation mark—it’s her trademark! The playfulness of finding this solitary mark invites audiences to slow down and re-enter the space as they have to find this well hidden exclamation mark (kind of like finding Waldo!).

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Gallery Representation
Alta Vista Gallery, Valle Crucis, NC
Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Charleston, SC
Sandpiper Gallery, Sullivan’s Island, SC
York and Friends Fine Art, Nashville, TN