About

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Follow the Dirt Road in Your Soul

I grew up in a wild place. Just behind my house, a creek ran down from the snow-laden mountain and continued on to the great river where prehistoric fish swam in the deeps. As a child, I felt kinship with the trees, the waters and the creatures all around. They spoke to me. But I also grew up with people who lived close to that land—hunters, fishers, farmers, carpenters and hermits.

I went to Reed College in Oregon and later to The Juilliard School in New York where I studied modern dance and choreography. Years later I became a reporter on the Arizona-Mexico border and always had a camera slung over my shoulder. I had always loved photography but when I could develop my own color images digitally I fell hard.

In all my artistic iterations; writer, choreographer, dancer, photographer, photoshop guru and painter I have tried to show what Thomas Berry calls “a communion of subjects more than a collection of objects” for it is a profound belief of mine that spirit is in all things, that the creation is alive.

My photo encaustic landscapes are lush and sensuous. Hold them close and you can smell the beeswax. They represent perfect hours in the sun and rain. They represent the sacred intersection of earth and sky.

The series, “Giants in the Earth” was made after a trip to Ethiopia. The figures were shot from a vehicle and so represent street photography Ethiopian style. I then placed these figures in backgrounds of color and imagination that captured the connection between the figure and the earth. All the pieces in this series have natural elements incorporated like grass, sticks, shells and feathers.

I have lived in the Southwest for 25 years and never tire of it. In my journey through various art forms I always hoped my work would help people remember our fundamental and spiritual connection with the natural world and so I have exhorted my students, collectors and fans to “Follow the Dirt Road in Your Soul.”

EXHIBITIONS

2016
Currently showing at Gallery With a Cause, New Mexico Cancer Care Center, Albuquerque, NM

Gallery Saint Michael, Solo Exhibit, “Generous Trees”, Albuquerque, NM

Exhibiting Mixed Media Artist with Matrix Fine Art. Affordable Art Fair New York, NY

National Juried Photo Encaustic Exhibition, Sage Gallery Portland, OR

InSight Women’s Photography, Fine Arts Building Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2015

Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Poster Artist Selection, Fine Arts Building Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Exhibiting Mixed Media Artist with Matrix Fine Art. Affordable Art Fair New York, NY

Motion/Emotion – New Photography by Pat Berrett, Tim Anderson and Carol Mell, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

InSight Women’s Photography, Fine Arts Building Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

2014

InSight Women’s Photography, Fine Arts Building Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Group show by represented artists of Aspen Gallery, Taos, NM

2013

Water! , Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Taos Fall Arts Selects, Taos, NM

Dancing Light – Photography by Carol Mell, Solo show at Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

Backroads and Byways – Photography by Carol Mell, Featured Artist at Sage Fine Art, Taos, NM

2012

Darby Fine Arts Small Works, Darby Fine Arts Gallery, Vero Beach, FL

Image New Mexico, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

Generous Trees – Photography by Carol Mell, The Screen, Santa Fe, NM

Return to Navajoland – Photography by Carol Mell, Featured Artist at Sage Fine Art, Taos, NM

Millicent Rogers Museum Miniature Show, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM

2011

Taos Self Portrait Show, Encore Gallery, Taos, NM

2010

SlideLuck PotShow, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM

Taos Sacred Spaces Show, Taos Inn, Taos, NM

Taos Invites Taos, Taos Convention Center, Taos, NM

2009

Taos Invites Taos, Taos Convention Center, Taos, NM

2008

Taos Fall Arts Open Show, First Place Abstract Photography, Taos Convention Center, Taos, NM

2007

Taos Fall Arts Open Show, First Place Abstract Photography, Taos Convention Center, Taos, NM

2006

Three Finalists in Willard Van Dyke Emerging Artist Photo Competition, Competition sponsored by New Mexico Council on Photography, Exhibition at Cichon Fine Art, Taos, NM