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

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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N22 Open Studios - Chocolate Factory, Wood Green - 14th Nov -15 Nov 2016

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Carol Tarn's studio (Studio18, 2nd floor, Chocolate Factory 1) will be open to the public on Sat 12th/Sun 13th November 2016 (Private View Friday 11th ) as part of the Chocolate Factory's...

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The Royal West of England Academy Annual Open Exhibition Bristol, Oct 9th –Nov 27th 2016

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Carol Tarn’s portrait of Mellissa Morgan aka Ms. Cupcake was selected for the prestigious Royal West of England Academy 164th Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol from over 2300 entries. The RWA...

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