Kathleen Carroll was born in Washington, D.C. As a teen, she attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. Later, she received her BFA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kathleen has exhibited artwork at the Corcoran School, the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, Maryland (2nd Place and Honorable Mentions for consecutive years) Most recently, she has exhibited at non-juried shows at the Compass Atelier, Washington Artworks and the Artists & Makers Studio in Maryland.

While a student, she worked as a caricaturist at Washington department stores, Watergate Les Champs, private parties and at Atlantic City, NJ and Ocean City, MD. She has studied graphic design and worked as an illustrator for the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry and a graphic designer for the Army Publishing directorate. She is presently a copyist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and is preparing for an upcoming copyist exhibit at Arts Club of Washington. Kathleen is enrolled in the Compass Atelier Master Program and is pursuing her career as a full-time artist. She lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.


Kathleen Carroll’s current paintings are concerned with capturing the moment in paint through the play of pattern and light. In her paintings, she explores the interplay of light on objects, and the patterns and visual relationships present in the everyday, quiet moment. She is fascinated by light as it plays on everyday objects, altering patterns, color and reflections.

Kathleen celebrates time and the idea that each moment is a gift. She seeks to capture the quiet, everyday moment visually, through color, form and pattern. The guiding idea is that moments are fleeting, and filled with visual excitement. Whether landscapes, still life paintings or portraits, she focuses on the relationships between objects and how they are affected light and time. Her primary medium is oil paint, an elegant medium offering great beauty and versatility.