Carol Otto Cole

is a Savannah native, living on a Ferguson Avenue riverfront home that has been in her family for 4 generations. Inspired by the abundance of natural beauty within a 20 mile radius of her house, she aims to recreate these Southern landscapes which reflect what she calls an oxymoron: "the Modern South"....a magical point in time when regional and community exist with fledgling technology and 21st century convenience. She paints in, most typically, oils; but has many years of experience with watercolor, pastels and acrylics as well. Completely self-taught, she says she welcomes any opportunity to broaden her experience as an artist and is researching Workshops for 2018-19. From 1987-1991 she maintained a studio in Savannah's City Market, specializing in children's portraits. While she says she has come out "from under a rock for 30 years" where her painting is concerned, in truth she never abandoned her favorite pastime. Over the years she continued to accept portrait commissions, working from home, as well as developing a love for the painted southern pines, rivers, marsh, and farmland. In recent juried exhibitions, she has received several First Place ribbons with Savannah Art Association juried shows and First and Second Place ribbons with the Landings Art Association Spring Art Show. She has a Master's degree in Education and is employed with the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education as a substitute teacher when she is not painting or enjoying her family. She is married to Slade Cole, a water-skiing enthusiast and retired Highway Department engineer (DOT); has two grown children, her daughter presenting her with twin granddaughters November, 2014.