Carol Schweigert is best known for her plein air paintings of New England, capturing moments both in town and in the country. A Boston-based painter born in Western New York State, Schweigert has a BFA from Syracuse University. She worked as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer in New York and Boston. A huge fan of drawing on location, she sketched her way around New York, Rio de Janeiro and China with Barbara Carr through programs sponsored by Pratt Institute and then started painting on site in New England.
“My passion is painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out, sometimes in the rain, and a bit reluctantly in the ice. I like the vitality and physicality of plein air painting. It hints of extreme sport with police encounters, slippery slopes and lightening storms. The abstract expressionism of my education seemed so last century. I leapt even further back with a wooden French easel and headed out into the fresh air. I’m intrigued by contradictions, carrying a 19th century art kit into the 21st century wondering how to capture the moment.”
Schweigert currently has an exhibit of her plein air paintings at the St. Botolph Club in Back Bay. She has also exhibited at the Danforth Museum in their Off the Wall annual exhibit, the Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum and the Gallery at Rotch Library, MIT.
She is an active member of the Artists Group of Charlestown.