Kentucky Tourism

Bowles, Carol — The Gypsy Camp

Midway, KY


painted wooden bowls

Carol Bowles studied art at Penn State University and furthered her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol taught at a community college for several years and then worked as a graphic designer.


Carol’s graphics job led her into the world of publishing and she illustrated two books, The Two-Legged Creature published by Northland Books in Flagstaff, AZ and Saving the Rainforest published by Trickle Creek Books in Harrisburg, PA.


Carol now pursues her interest in stories by producing narrative paintings that convey meaning. Using her background – travels and experiences, Carol creates paintings on the concave surfaces of wooden bowls, depicting an environment of color and imagery. She comments, “People ask me often where I get my ideas. Some have been growing for 30 years. Others have come from my traveling and reading experiences. I try to combine these elements into a multi-cultural expression that is my own.”

Works by Carol Bowles can be found at Artique, Lexington, KY; Swanson Reed Gallery, Louisville, KY; Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.