Painting since early childhood, I had the special opportunity to study under nationally known artist, Frieda Richter from age ten to sixteen. Received training in fine art fundamentals, composition, charcoal life drawing, oil painting, in both outdoor - plein air style - and studio painting environments. After attending college, I held several positions as an Illustrator and Graphic Artist, while continuing to develop my fine arts style. While raising my four children, I also worked as a freelance artist and personally created a line of greeting cards which I have continued to develop and expand. Many of my paintings, prints and cards can now be seen on my recently created Internet website, www.carolkinghood.net.
Attended Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey and Graduated from Ferndale High in Washington State, majoring in the Arts. Received numerous art, illustration and design awards in school.
Majored in Illustration at Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Numerous artist’s workshops and college-level courses at The Perkins Center for the Arts, including:
Life Drawing, Portrait Painting, Trompe l’oel Painting, Ceramics, Mosaics & Tile Making, Hand Building & Thrown Pottery and Raku Firing.
H.L. Yoh/Day and Zimmerman, Philadelphia, PA
Graphic Artist, Illustrator
McGraw-Hill/Datapro Research, Delran, NJ
Senior Graphics Illustrator; Publication Designer
Documentation Logistics, Berlin, NJ
Freelance Artist - Graphic Artist and Illustrator; Graphic Designer
BLAZE Digital Printing, Lumberton, NJ
VP Sales & Marketing
Grumbacher Fine Arts Instructor
ChartPak Grumbacher/ Michael’s, Rio Grande, NJ
Creator and Owner of Little Renoirs Fine Art Painting Instruction for Children
Fine Arts Career:
- Exhibited in various Juried Art Shows in southern New Jersey.
- Alice Steer Wilson Invitational Watercolor Show in Cape May, 2003, 2004, 2005, and the final show in 2006.
- 2008 Cape May Designer Show House, created several paintings and works-on-paper constructions for interior design consultants, along with other custom interior decorations.
-Group Shows & Gallery Representation:
Café Gallery, Burlington, NJ
Perkins Center of the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Center of the Arts of Southern NJ, Cape May, NJ
Medford Art Gallery, Medford, NJ
William Reiss Art Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ
Soma New Art Gallery, Cape May, NJ
- Solo Shows:
High Street Gallery, Mt. Holly, NJ.
“Sisters in Motion” 100 Year Anniversary
St Mary By the Sea, Cape May Point
“The First Time I Saw Paris”, Gail Peirson Off Campus Gallery, August
“Kumbaya” Soma New Art Gallery, May, 2013
Published in EXIT ZERO Magazine, April, 2013
Published in Cape May Magazine fall 2006
Featured in Courier-Post News article in 2010
Freelance Art -
I have created a series of greeting cards, based on my original watercolors,
and reproduced using high-quality digital technology, these include:
- An exclusive line of greeting and note cards for Congress Hall, the historic ocean-side resort in Cape May, NJ.
- An extensive line of cards that features Victorian Cape May and Stone Harbor scenes that are sold at:
Mariah’s Fine Gifts, Cape May, since 2003
The Physics Estate Gift Shop, Cape May, since 2005
The Cape May Point General Store “The Red Store”, Cape May Point, NJ
Work published in the book: Extraordinary Gifts, Extraordinary Women
of the Delaware Valley.
Working out of my studio, I have created and sold original oils, watercolors, pastels and limited edition prints to both private and corporate collectors across the United States.
Also, I create custom wedding invitations utilizing my watercolor, design and calligraphy skills for a unique wedding package.
Recognized as Cape May’s first ”Live Event Painter”, creating original oil paintings during the actual wedding reception, bridal shower, anniversary party or other celebration!
Memberships & Associations -
Member, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI
Member, National Watercolor Society
Member, Perkins Center of the Arts
Member Board of Directors, Cape May County Art League
Member, Oil Painters of America
Member “Grumbacher Hall of Fame” honoring American Oil Painters