Carol Barnwell




Carol Barnwell


I absolutely love the miracle that is painting. I love to take a range of colours and blend them on a canvas in a way that brings joy, light, thoughts, and feelings into our lives. I love the way a painting can tell a story or bring back memories. 

There is so much poverty, hunger, violence, and bloodshed in the world. We also face ever increasing threats from global warming to the dark web, from social media trolls to artificial intelligence, all of which contribute towards subliminal anxiety in our lives. This is why, as an artist, I am drawn to creating quiet, peaceful, and up lifting paintings, that offer, even if just for a moment, a counterbalance to all the chaos.

Creating something gentle and uniquely beautiful is a wonderful way to express myself. I am a strong person who has always loved a challenge, and painting offers me a consistent and ongoing challenge in pursuit of perfection. Perfection is something so elusive it can never be attained, but the desire to achieve it, keeps my art constantly evolving and revealing new and hidden parts of me.

My style is generally hyper-realist, and I love to paint small series of paintings from a variety of different subject matter, rather than reproducing one successful painting over and over again. I hope that by remaining loyal to my creative instincts, my work reveals an honesty that people can connect with. I am a patient person, someone who strives for quality over quantity and feels rewarded whenever my art makes someone smile (or shed a tear).


Awards & Achievements

A Level Art Prize – Top Student

Aspects of Art Show 2023 – Second Prize $1000

Curator’s pick Downlands Art Show

Doyle’s Art Prize 2023 – Finalist

Lethbridge Galley Art Prize – Finalist (On line)

4 Joint and 1 Solo exhibition

Aspire Gallery, Brisbane 

Margaret Street Gallery, Toowoomba

The Storeroom, Toowoomba

Artisan products, Tenterfield, NSW




Carol Barnwell


Carol Barnwell


Carol studied art at senior school, and attended the Peter Birch School of Art, before graduating as a veterinarian. After enjoying a successful career, Carol has decided to pursue her lifelong interest in art full time. 

She is an active member of the Margaret Street Gallery, the Professional Artist Institute, The Toowoomba Art Society and The Back Road Artist Group, who received an ‘Australia Day – Cultural Award’ in January 2024.

In 2023: Carol exhibited in three shared exhibitions and one solo exhibition. Carol also won a non-acquisitive $1000 prize at the Aspects Art Show, was a curators pick at the Downlands
Art Show , was selected as a finalist in the Doyles Landscapes Art Awards, and as a finalist in the Lethbridge
Gallery $20000 small scale art award. Carol is represented by retail/gallery outlets in Qld and NSW.


Carol Barnwell