Steinmetz is from Muscatine, and loves to create and painting and drawing are her favorites. It's a joy for her to begin a painting with an open mind, putting colors on the paper and have the paint move around "wet in wet" to create a painting.
It's a constant challenge to try by doing and to try by studying but in the end, it is learning that the more you learn, the more you find there is to learn. It's a fascinating never-ending cycle and she hopes to pursue it for a very long time.
Carol attended Muscatine schools, Community College, and the University of Iowa and after several years as a secretary and mother, she waited until her children were in middle school to follow her secret ambition in the field of art. She completed a correspondence course with the Famous Artists School, Westport, CN, with an emphasis on oil painting.
After several years, she was introduced to the watercolor medium. She found this to be exciting and began to concentrate on watercolor by attending workshops taught by Nita Engle, Barbara Nechis, Tom Lynch, Frank Webb, Judi Betts and Tony Van Hasselt and others.
Living along the Mississippi River in a city with many historical landmarks, old buildings and lovely old homes, Carol finds limitless subjects to paint. She enjoys landscapes and especially old barns in the rural areas surrounding Muscatine. The old barns are disappearing at a rapid rate and this inspires her to paint/record these buildings. She has photographed dozens of farm and barn scenes and is currently doing a retrospective and history of these landmarks.
Florals continue to be a favorite subject for Carol to paint. Her gardens provide a source for "on the spot" painting of these flowers and visits to Botanical gardens and parks are a "must" on her list to photograph. People, animals, snow, sunsets and still life are part of her portfolio.
Recently, Carol was commissioned to paint eight large panels, four feet by eight feet, showing scenes of Muscatine County. To begin the project, her first step was to "gesso" the Masonite panels three times to create a "ground" on which to paint. Then she prepared the compositions and color patterns for these scenes. Many hours later, the acrylic paintings were completed. Finally a protective coating was brushed on the eight large panels and they were ready to be framed and hung.
Carol is a Signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She has taught adult education art classes for the Muscatine Community College and has conducted one-day workshops for young people during the summer. She helped found a local cooperative art gallery and held numerous offices and performed many duties during that time.
She is at present exhibiting her work at several local galleries and also the Quad-Cities Art Gallery in Rock Island, Ill, and MidCoast Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport.
She is a member of the Artists Advisory Committee for the Figge Art Gallery and Museum in Davenport. She has made numerous donation of her art work for philanthropic causes. Her works have been purchased for private and commercial collections. Many of her paintings are also in foreign collections.