David M. Carroll
Naturalist-artist David M. Carroll, who in 2006 was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, is the author of three acclaimed natural histories: THE YEAR OF THE TURTLE; TROUT REFLECTIONS; and SWAMP-WALKER’S JOURNAL. The latter was awarded the John Burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing. This “wet-sneaker trilogy” was expanded to a quartet with the publication of his memoir centered on his lifelong connection with turtles and their habitats, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH TURTLES.
His fifth book, FOLLOWING THE WATER, A HYDROMANCER’S NOTEBOOK, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2009, was awarded a Finalist Medal in the nonfiction category by the National Book Foundation. David is a graduate of the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College.
In addition to his own field work, David has conducted investigations for the Endangered Species programs of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine; as well as for such agencies as the U.S. Environmental Protection and the National Park Service. His fieldwork has been published in scientific journals, including Chelonian Conservation and Biology and Northeastern Naturalist.
David and his work have been the subject of numerous articles and interviews, and his artwork has been widely exhibited. He is an active lecturer and turtle and wetlands preservation advocate; among awards he has received are an Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. EPA and NH Audubon’s Tudor Richards Award.
Laurette Carroll studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels, often using mixed media and integrating drawing and collage elements into her paintings. Her approaches range from naturalistic to impressionistic and abstract. Landscapes, in particular rivers, marshes and swamps, are a primary theme in her work, which is painted directly from nature as well as from memory and imagination. Gardens are another key focus, and at times she incorporates writing from her garden journals into her paintings of sunflowers, poppies, delphiniums, and garden landscapes.
In recent years she has employed a tonalist technique, working in oils to create evocative landscapes that come directly from imagination. She has also recently returned to clay sculpture, working on an extended series of figure studies in terra cotta and other clay bodies.
Laurette’s work has been exhibited widely, and her paintings and sculptures are featured in many private collections, including those in New York, Boston, Chicago, Amsterdam, and Berne.
As he was born into a family of artists, art has always been an integral part of Sean’s life. At age 15 he was apprenticed to the potter Dwight Graves. In later years he studied watercolor techniques with Byron Carr, who subsequently introduced him to oil painting. Although he still works in watercolors at times, in recent years Sean’s primary focus has been with painting in oils.
The New Hampshire landscape, with which he has been intimately connected since boyhood, is his most frequently visited theme. But he also ranges farther afield in New England, to favorite sites in the White Mountains, along rivers and streams in Vermont, and the coast of Maine. He is a dedicated plein aire artist, with his evocative landscapes being done almost exclusively directly from nature. His bond with his natural surroundings and the immediacy with which he works are readily apparent in his paintings.
An artist with carpentry as well, he is adept at restoring old houses, or building additions or extensions in total harmony with the existing architecture, as can be seen in our studio-gallery, created in an outbuilding across from our 1790 colonial in Warner Lower Village. Sean has built his own family’s house, and recently added a studio, in which he has returned to working as potter and sculptor while continuing with his painting.
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