Carol was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to the West shortly after her college graduation. She resided in Montana full-time for more than 30 years, and now divides her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Flathead Valley, Montana. Carol's formal training and first careers were in the fields of education, psychology and counseling, and her fascination with the human spirit is clearly reflected in the intimate figurative paintings that she creates.
In addition to the wide variety of subject matter that interests Carol, her paintings of "street people" have evolved into a fulfilling event for her, in which she spends time with and gets to know her subject and his or her life story, and then, after painting his/her image, gives the model a print to keep. She has been told by her subjects that they feel "recognized" and respected by the time spent rendering them as art. Her desire to paint the images of people who often aren't "noticed" is often reflected in the choices of her subjects. She also donates some of her work to charities that support the arts through scholarships and provision of classes for homeless and abused children.
She is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the Arizona Watercolor Association, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Montana Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society.
In addition to frequent participation in juried exhibitions and annual shows, a selection of Carol's work and current show information may be viewed on the Carol McSweeney Artist Facebook page. Please contact her through this personal website, however, for pricing and inquiries.