Carol Ann Nulk
I come from a very creative and artistic Italian family – in cut-work embroidery, floral arrangements, furniture design, jewelry and graphic design and more.
My art career started in elementary school when I was always the one chosen to decorate the halls for any occasion. I didn’t mind as I was able to get out of class now and again. Guess that did no harm back ‘in the day’. I dabbled with art in high school, then minored in art at college. I would have done something with this talent but when I found the love of my life, my future was set in gold. I married a career army officer and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. In between moves, a few children were born to our family.
During these years of active duty service, I picked up my interest in art, joined various art groups, museums and art co-ops, selling my art at countless art shows. However, it is very difficult to continue a career with eighteen moves in twenty one years! After retiring from the army (a military wife also goes through the ups and downs of separations and deployments) I took a hiatus from the art world.
When we moved back to California in 1979, I joined the San Jose Museum of Art as a museum docent and Let’s Look at Art docent. I was also Docent Chair for two years.
Several years ago a friend commissioned a painting from me. Acrylic was a medium I hadn’t tried before, always favoring oil, watercolor or pen and ink. I thought “Why not give it a try”. Two things I learned about acrylic. It’s wonderful because it dries fast. It’s terrible because it dries fast! It is a challenge but enjoyable with great results. I love working with it. The canvas I use is heavy duty cotton duck beautifully wrapped around the stretcher bars and secured without staples. This allows me to continue the paintings around the sides and to the back of the canvas.
These past few years have been most enjoyable. I am grateful for the support I have received from my family and friends. I say to all of you, “Mille grazie!”