The work of local artist Carol Wiley is on display through the end of the year at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220.

When Wiley, a Washington, D.C., native, decided to live in Maine in 2002, she was interested in painting the trees, rocks and woodland that surrounded her at her log home in Jefferson and places nearby. In these pastel paintings, she tends to take a nearer view of the surroundings than many artists, eschewing the long view landscapes done so well by others. Instead, she likes to get close to her subjects, forcing the viewer into the scene.

Wiley also paints figures and still lifes. For this show, she has selected small- and medium-sized works. They are predominantly oils, mostly still life. Some are landscapes, some pastels and one is a figure.

Wiley trained in art history at Mary Washington University, where she also took studio classes and modeled for the figure painting and drawing courses. Her focus was 19th- and 20th-century art, and her work continues to be inspired by artists of those eras.

Wiley studied painting at the Art League in Alexandria, Va., and with various teachers in Massachusetts and Maine; and she learned to paint in pastels from Diana Lee while living on Cape Cod. In Maine, she has studied with Anne Heywood, Sally Loughridge, Kathleen Galligan, Doug Dawson and Albert Handell. Her mentors for watercolor and figures have been John Halladay of Cape Cod, Steve Fleming and Jackie Saunders, while Tina Ingraham taught her oil techniques. Wiley studied drawing and design with Ed Epping at Williams College and drawing with Lane Palmisano and Jin Cheung.  Kris Engmann taught her color theory, drawing and design, along with Bev Ryan; and, the artist said, Skip Lawrence encouraged risk taking.

Carol Wiley Studio is at 17 Spruce Meadow Road in Jefferson. The artist is a member of River Arts in Damariscotta and Salt Bay Artists Gallery on the Pemaquid peninsula. She can be contacted at or P.O. Box 209, Newcastle, ME 04553.

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