Carroll has had a lifelong interest in the arts. He received much of his formal training at the
Omaha Art School. But for the most part his style is self-taught. He has attended many of the major
fine art and wildlife shows throughout the midwest and continues to display and participate at
several shows throughout the year. Click here for Schedule of
Shows that Carroll will be attending.
Carroll works in both pastels and acrylics. He is represented in several galleries and his
paintings are in both private and corporate collections.
“The softness of a feather, the strength of an eagle’s claw, the aggressiveness of an
animal protecting its territory, or the passiveness of a songbird as it pauses to rest upon a
branch. This is what I try to convey in my works. Color, fur or feather patterns and habitat should
be accurate abut a successful painting needs depth, a sense of mystery, space which is proper
positioning of the bird or animal, and the flow of the background. A painting is not only a moment
frozen in time but an anticipation of what is going to happen. The artist creates according to
their own interpretation.”
Carroll was born and educated in Red Oak IA. Red Oak is a pretty town of 6,000 m/l in Southwest
Iowa that is noted as the "Home of Thomas D Murphy Calendar Company". The calendar company was
started by a couple of friends in 1889 when they sold advertising around the picture of the
courthouse and then added a calendar to the art work. For the next 100-years, calendar art and The
Thos. D. Murphy Co. would become a permanent part of the American scene.
Some of the most celebrated artists in America started out as calendar artists. Landscape
painter Thomas Moran and Frederic Remington as well as Charles M. Russell were among Murphy’s
artists in their early careers. Later generations of calendar artists included Maxfield Parrish, Hy
Hintermeister and Rolf Armstrong. And while Carroll makes no claim to having had any association
with this grand old company, it had to have been an inspiration. Some of Carroll's original art
work is housed at the Montgomery County History Center.