Caroline Trippe « Back to Studio Artists


Location: Suite 3-107
Phone: 919-812-1538

Expression and gesture are the focus of Caroline Trippe’s figure paintings––the means she uses to evoke the “inner life.”   A narrative is often suggested, but it is up to the viewer to imagine; the implied stories may be either personal or universal.  She paints mainly in oils,  layering color to achieve vibrancy and depth.   Drawing is the foundation of Caroline’s painting, and she makes many preparatory studies, working as much as possible from observation and memory.

Caroline grew up in Canton, Pennsylvania, a small town in the northeastern part of the state surrounded by wooded hills and rich farmland.  In addition to drawing, her formative years were steeped in  reading and classical music. Fairy tales and Greek mythology, pervaded with human longings and obsessions, also made a profound and lasting impression that has influenced much of the subject matter of  her work.

In 1968, after obtaining a B.A. in Art History from Douglass College (Rutgers University), she moved to Chapel Hill where she served as Visual Resources Curator  for the UNC Department of Art until her retirement in 2000.  Her many years there provided an unparalleled opportunity to look at images from every period and culture.  In the early 1970s, Caroline took up drawing again, making steady efforts to improve her skills and devoting several years to independent study from life models.

Recently Caroline Trippe has combined her love of painting, stories, and writing in illustrated books. She is currently at work on a cycle of illustrations for three tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Containment, oil on panel

Glads, graphite and acrylic on clayboard

Women and Clouds I, oil on panel