About Carol


I feel a special connection to animals, and as an artist, I express that extraordinary bond in paint. Focusing on the horse, I portray their spirit and soul—their energy, movement and physical presence with drips and splashes of paint over texturized surfaces and simple line drawings. 

Whether employing vivid hues, muted tones or black and white, the colors are intuitive.  I pour, drip and spray paint, tilting the canvas to move the pigments and create runs. With the assistance of a palette knife, I scrape areas, move paint and create texture.  

The painting develops with this process of addition and subtraction – blotting, scrubbing and sanding some areas, and layering more paint to other areas. 

Studio visit with Tracey Sharpe
Studio visit with Tracey Sharpe of The Sharpe Gallery
Carol Santora with equine mural paintings 'Unbridled' and 'Gentle Spirit'
Carol Santora with equine mural paintings 'Unbridled' and 'Gentle Spirit'


Black and white, or vivid color – my work runs the gamut.  My first artistic endeavors were with Jon Gnagy and his Learn to Draw TV program. I gobbled up his show and the drawing kits as fast as I could get them.  My love for charcoal, and working in black and white, began then. In college I was introduced to the Expressionist painters… the rest is history.   

Through the years I have taken various workshops and earned a BFA, summa cum laude, from Framingham State University.

I am extremely honored to have been awarded associate status in the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), 2016, and signature membership in the Pastel Society of America, (PSA), 2009.

I have taught from my studio and at art museum schools; I have been a requested judge, juror and demonstrator for various art groups and non-art audiences.

And there have been so many accomplishments along the way…

My cow art has represented the Texas Dispute Resolution System’s Office of Dispute Resolution in Lubbock, TX for several years, and three pieces from my ‘Endangered Species Series’ tours with the traveling museum show ‘Environmental Impact’ curated by David J Wagner.

My work is internationally-collected and one of my most important commissions was for the renovation of the historic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, CA, for 2 large equestrian murals. 

Three fine galleries in New England represent my art, and I am fortunate to have a small gallery and working studio in my Lyman, ME, residence where my studio overlooks the paddock and pastures where my two AQHA mares Ruby and Mimi graze and play.  

Carol & Ruby
Carol & Ruby
Carol & Mimi
Carol & Mimi