The paintings of Carole Pierce result from a lifelong fascination with the sky. They have the appearance of landscape, but the artist concerns herself, not with the solidity of the land, but the elusiveness of mist, shadow and light. They are fleeting moments of a particular quality of sky that have the power to make mortals stop and look up. The locations are ambivalent. They are less specific to place than they are to the magic of sky, like the electrically charged energy of the air just before a storm.
Carole Pierce was born in Dallas, Texas. Her father was a pilot in the Air Force and taught flying when Carole was a little girl. She has memories of looking at the sky and watching his plane tip its wing as a way of saying hello. The fascination for sky and the elusive quality of air charged with light became a part of her life. Carole moved to California in 1981 and lived in Marin County. She attended the CCAC in Oakland and received her Masters in Printmaking. She has gallery representation in New York, Dallas, San Francisco, southern California, Montana and New Mexico.
The current paintings focus on changes in weather and light. It is an investigation of water, sky, land, and the regenerating element of fire.