Mary Ann Carroll
Mary Ann Carroll - Oil on Board - Regatta Race
10 X 13 (with frame)
Mary Ann Carroll counts such luminaries as former First Lady Michelle Obama among her fans, and her work hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As with many of the other Highwaymen painters, Harold Newton was Carroll’s introduction to the group and first showed her the techniques of the “fast painting,” and how to mix colors and make the frames the group used for their work. First meeting Newton in 1956 at the age of 16, by 18 she was selling her work alongside the early male painters of the group up and down Florida’s highways. Her first sales were a revelation; she made more selling art than she did at her jobs as a maid or picking in the citrus groves, and she was hooked.