Carol is a London based oil painter specialising in portraiture.
She paints and teaches from her North London studio.

In 2016 Carol's portraits have been selected for both The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries and the Royal West of England Academy's 164th Annual Exhibition. In 2015 Carol was shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and also selected for the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries. She paints in a style that has been described as painterly yet realistic, both colourful and descriptive.

Carol's work is a mixture of commissioned and self generated projects. She is an established teacher of portrait painting and offers classes from her studio in North London.

Galleries

A selection of Carol’s portraits and drawings can be viewed in the galleries below. Take a look also at her highly successful Vintage Days Collection and her recent collection of Flora and Fauna paintings.

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Latest news & blog articles

'Every Picture Tells A Story' - Solo Exhibition,The Art Space,Cass Art, Islington, London. 3rd April -16th April 2017

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This solo exhibition by Carol Tarn of portraits and narrative paintings is an exploration of the world that lies beneath the superficial surface. Whether describing a person, a vintage...

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Pencils before Paint Brushes

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I am often asked in my portrait painting classes to outline my painting process. In my previous blog article ‘Know Your Sitter’ I outlined the importance of taking the time to get to know...

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Three Basic Rules for Oil Painting

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I love painting in oils. Oils have a brilliant ability to capture colour due to their ability to hold a high level of pigment. Oils are forgiving - they dry slowly and allow the artist time...

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A beginner’s guide to materials

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I am often asked by beginners in my portrait painting classes for a list of basic materials to bring to the class. What do you need to begin an oil painting?

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Portrait Painting Classes – the smaller the better

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I know from bitter experience that there is nothing worse than sitting in an art class of over twenty five people where you would be lucky to get five minutes of the teacher’s individual...

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Take time to know your sitter

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Over the years that I have been painting portraits, I have realised that the better I get to know the person I am painting, the more interesting the finished work. It really is true that a...

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