Allison, Carol

215391 Port Head Light


A highly experienced, recognized painter and teacher of classical, realistic drawing and painting, Carol has painted and taught for many years in New Mexico as well as Massachusetts, Maine and Morocco. She was born in Albuquerque into an artistic family and began her studies at the Hahn Wexler School as a teenager where she learned classical techniques in oil and watercolor methods. She independently continued to perfect her skills through study at major museums in the United States and Europe and working with from life in various subjects in the mediums of drawing, watercolor and oil. An Artist’s Magazine finalist, her work has been shown in national publications, museums and juried shows including Boston’s Harvard Club. She was featured in American Artist issues in 2004 and 2009.

Carol Allison Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico,

Carol Allison began her art training at the Siegfried Hahn-Howard Wexler School of Drawing and painting, when she was 15 years old and continued with them for the next seven years. Her studies with Hahn and Wexler were concentrated in the techniques of the 18th Century English Watercolor, and the oil painting techniques of the Old Masters using the lost methods and materials, as researched and developed by the noted expert Jacques Maroger. Major emphasis was placed on drawing and was based on principles and approach of the 19th century French Professor, Lecoq De Boisbaudran who taught many of the well known artists of 19th century Paris and London. These principles were applied to intensive training in still-life and portraiture. To further her art career she studied figure drawing with related anatomy, as well as landscape and floral.

There were frequent trips to study in such museums as New York City's Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery in the Washington DC and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. International trips were also taken to study paintings in museums in Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and London. From 1978-1984 she co-owned and operated Pinacotheque, Inc. in Albuquerque, a combination of art school, gallery and frame shop. During this time she taught drawing and painting to a number of artists and learned French finishes for picture frames . Here she helped organize exhibitions Maroger medium painters and the first exhibitions of Jacques Maroger, in the southwest. She has appeared in numerous shows in New Mexico and Southwest featuring Jacques Maroger and other well-known artists using the Maroger medium.

From 1984 to the present she has conducted classes at her studio, Art Masters Academy, New Mexico Art League and Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. In 1989, She taught workshops with Howard Wexler in Rabat, Morocco through a national program for cultural exchange known as DAR America. Through her teaching activities Carol has promoted a more complete understanding of these classical methods to the public both here and abroad. She is capable in both the mediums of watercolor and oil and various subject matter. Her work has been shown in the Museum Of New Mexico in Santa Fe and the Red River Valley Museum in Texas as well as many state and national juried exhibitions. She has won a number of awards for her work and was chosen as a finalist in national competition sponsored by Artist Magazine in 1993.

Her work has been published by Ventura Communications Group in their Micrografx Webtricity book for web site design. In 1999 an adaptation of one of her florals won the national "Stained Glass Artists' Excellence in Design Award".

Major Shows:

Masterworks national juried professional exhibit, 2010, Albuquerque, NM

Keynote Exhibit, 2011 invitational show at NM

Expo Boston’s Harvard Club, invitational exhibit, “A Slice Of Life”, 2002 with Guild of Boston Artists and artists of Boston, MA.

Cyrus Dalin Museum, Arlington MA, solo exhibition, 2001

Art Masters Academy Faculty Exhibit, 1992

Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM Southwest 85

Realist Gallery, Santa Fe NM, solo exhibition 1985

New Mexico State Fair, juried professional exhibit, first place watercolor 1989

Jacques Maroger exhibitions, renowned painting expert, first southwest regional shows in her own school, Pinacotheque Art Academy, and galleries: La Placita Gallery, Weems Gallery as well as museums in Texas.

Magnificent, juried exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

Red River Valley Museum, Texas Jacques Maroger & Circle

Corsicana Center for the Arts, Texas, Jacques Maroger & Circle

DAR America, faculty & group Exhibition, Rabat, Morocco, 1989

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, Maui, HI, 1989 juried professional show

Lahaina Art League, Hawaiian juried professional show, Maui, HI, 1989

International Festival of the Arts, international juried show, Jackson, MS

New Mexico State Fair, 1978- 1989 juried regional professional exhibition, various prizes in oil and First place in watercolor,

New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair 1985 National show

Weems Art Fest National juried shows during the 1980’s


Siegfried Hahn, biography, book, 2008

American Artist Magazine, “The Best of Drawing”, 2009

American Artist Magazine, Drawing, “The Tradition of Drawing from Memory” 2004

American Artist Magazine, authored online exclusive article, “Modern Application of Lecoq De Boisbaudran’s Drawing Method” 2004

Albuquerque Journal 2008 and 2004

Albuquerque Arts, 2008 article, Albuquerque Business Women, magazine cover

Arlington Advocate, Arlington, MA featured her demonstration lecture in an article on art in the schools “Learning”, 2001

Artists Magazine, 1993 competition, honorable mention

Albuquerque Tribune, “Art of the 1982

Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business Women, painting on magazine cover

Albuquerque Journal, Art of the Old Masters Live On” article on Jacques Maroger and teaching his techniques Feb. 1982

Albuquerque News, 1980 “New Masters Revive Old Masters” article on Pinacotheque Academy