I grew up in Colorado with a keen awareness of being present in the natural world and this has continued to inspire my artwork. My love for painting started the summer before fifth grade when I attended art classes at a local museum. My fifth grade teacher cemented the affair by allowing me to paint murals of purple mountains on the walls of the classroom. A decade and a half later I was married and living on the small island of Okinawa, which is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Once again I felt immersed in nature. That blue-green floating world inspired me to paint nature’s forces and cycles; nature as refuge/threat and as inner landscape rather than actual landscape. I was influenced by Asian art and the use of nature as a metaphor for human passage, loss and regeneration. I learned that art is a way to reach out to others, whether in our own or another culture. My work brings together observations of energy patterns in nature as they relate to our mind, body and spirit and the effort to maintain balance while existing in a state of flux. Frequently I walk through the marshlands skirting the river near my present-day home in Alexandria, Virginia before going to the studio to paint. I find that this meditative time spent with a constantly transitioning landscape energizes my paintings, which contain both implied movement and stillness.

I work mostly in oils, but sometimes in acrylic with mixed media, including photo-collage. For the past few years I have been painting on archival hardboard panels which are cradled in birch wood and range widely in size. The panels do not require framing. I like the ease of handling and transporting these modular units and the flexibility with which they can be arranged. I challenge myself to connect the parts of the paintings so that the panels can be arranged either horizontally or vertically, individually or as a grouping, as triptychs or diptychs or composites of two over two. I enjoy the open-ended aspect of this process which enables me to keep discovering ways to present the work and to create each new piece so that it fits with the rest. The imagery continues to transform itself into something new.

Carol Lukitsch lives and works in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area. She has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. For twenty years she taught drawing, painting and design at several colleges and universities. Ms. Lukitsch spent two years teaching in Turkey on a Fulbright grant. For several years she served as Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Ms. Lukitsch was painter in residence at Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y., The Hilai Center for the Arts in Ma’alot, Israel and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art (Accademia d’Arte Moderna, Dino Scalabrino), Montecatini, Italy; The State Museum of Sculpture and Painting, Ankara, Turkey; Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, Washington, DC; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flum, Washington, DC; University Health Systems, San Antonio, TX; and the United States Embassy in Panama. Carol Lukitsch earned her MFA at The University of Maryland, College Park and a BFA summa cum laude at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

Carol Lukitsch