NEW TAMPA — Carol Northington’s love for the arts, both visual and musical, is in her DNA.
Her father, she said, was a gifted oil painter, sculptor and technical illustrator. He also had a passion for symphonic music.
Northington also grew up with a mother who had an appetite for blues and she married a man who craves jazz.
So it comes as no surprise to those who know her roots that she, too, is an artist whose works often feature musicians created from performances she’s witnessed and photos she’s snapped during her travels throughout the country and abroad.
The public is invited to see a sampling of Northington’s paintings during the month at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa, a perk that comes with being named October Artist of the Month by the 60-member North Tampa Arts League.
It is the fourth time the Cory Lake Isles resident and NTAL past president has been honored with the club’s Artist of the Month distinction.
“The subject matter for my pieces varies from faces of animals, people doing interesting things, flowers and abstracts,” said Northington, a retired Exxon Mobil human resources manager.
She prefers painting with acrylics and likes experimenting with colors and textures. Her drawings, however, are done in black and white.
“I love using different techniques and tools to create unique designs,” she said. “This is the fun of art.”
Northington, who serves as the NTAL’s vice president of events, also has had her work exhibited at Hunter’s Greens Country Club in New Tampa, Carrollwood Cultural Center, the Great Frame Up in Tampa, Beck Gallery in Lutz and Hoffman-Porges Gallery in Ybor City.
Visit www.northtampaarts.com for more information about the North Tampa League of Fine Arts.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at JoyceCMcKenzie@gmail.com.