|Message from Carol Muse Skinner
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1947. When I was six my family moved to Havana, Cuba and a year later to the Republic of Panama.
As long as I can remember I have wanted to be an artist. A favorite photograph of myself was taken when I was about 3 years old, hard at work at an easel. My father owned El Pincel, Panama’s first art supply store, so I grew up surrounded by art materials.
I studied Art and Theater at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and attended the Sutton and Cheam School of Art in Surrey, England. Private study included: Printmaking, Drawing and Painting. I was employed as a graphic designer for 15 years.
ABOUT MY ART:
I originally intended to use the computer as a convenient sketch pad and an easy way to try out variations prior to transferring the design to paper or fabric. I soon realized that the computer was a valid art medium in itself.
I have always been very experimental in my approach to my work. The computer, with its ability to undo and redo, enables me to try out countless approaches before I commit to anything permanent. Working on a computer gives me the ability to be more spontaneous than I was able to be with traditional media. It allows me to take chances, to try out different ideas, in short - to be more creative.
My prints are original digital images which can best be described as Digital Photo Painting or Digital Collage. In Digital Photo Painting, traditional photography and painting techniques are combined using image editing and digital painting software to add further expression to the image. In Digital Collage I combine two or more images from varying sources (photographs, or scans of drawings, paintings, fabric, found objects etc.) into one image. I use layering techniques in image editing and painting software.
These images are not scans of original work done in another medium, (such as: watercolors, oils, acrylics, etc.). The American Artist Magazine, April 1998 says: "An image that originates in the computer, but is printed in an edition of more than one print, becomes a multiple original print in the same family as etchings and serigraphs."
If you would like to purchase any of my images they are available for sale as: Canvas Prints, Framed Prints, Cards, Mounted Prints and Laminated Prints on Red Bubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/digitalmuse
I only have a small selection on Red Bubble - but anything you see here I can upload for purchase - just let me know.
Except for the Panama galleries much of my work is from photos supplied by the moderators for the weekly challenges on Creative Matrix and Digital Nuts. I like the challenge of working with images I probably would not have chosen myself. It gives me an opportunity to try out different techniques and to get some feedback from the forum members.
I love to read your comments - so please take a moment to say something - anything - positive or negative.
My blog is http://pananani.wordpress.com/ please visit if you get a chance.
Carol Muse Skinner
Panama City, Panama
April 12, 2004