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"Peppers" by Carol Scavotto
The Unique Flavor of Scavotto Designs

By Peter F. Demers | July 23, 2010

Carol Scavotto has been in this business for some time. As her website headline states, a journey through artistic healing, she certainly reinvents traditional art in many forms.

Her art, which consists of music books, floor cloths and traditional paintings, is inspired by personal feelings and drive. She considers art as artistic healing through personal experience and converts those feelings into something positive to share with others. Carol began showing art work in grammar school and has been creating works of art ever since.

The paintings, which consists of exaggerated features on faces and body has a very consistent style. Movement is portrayed with deep highlighted colors and rounded forms in bodies which highlight her background in figurative studies. “Some people express themselves in words; I think in pictures and express myself in visual images and the medium has changed many times throughout my life,” she says.

When showing art work in grammar school she developed a sense of her style. Her main childhood influences were her father, brother and Mr. Nia, her 9th grade art teacher.   She is influenced and motivated by such varied sources as the works of Frances Bacon and Norman Rockwell to ballet classes and passers-by.

“I could go on and on for this question (influences) - I just see things in a visual form.”

Based out of the great state of Rhode Island, her exhibition credentials are exclusively New England based.   Her art appeared at some hot spots in Newport, Rhode Island and larger universities such as URI and Umass (Amherst). Some of work also appears regularly at Gallery X in New Bedford, Massachusetts and Gallery Z in Providence, Rhode Island.

She also creates her own floor mats, which historically, date back to 14th Century France. Carol has her own version which are painted on heavy gauge canvas and sealed with varnish. You can consider them floor cloths or placemats and can be custom made in a wide range of sizes at your personal request. All pieces are personally signed works of art. Samples on her website are for sale and are beautiful and some of the most durable pieces of mats created.

Carol is also the founder of the Springfield Arts Center and resides in Tiverton, Rhode Island with her husband.

Originally Published: December 14, 2009

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