Carole Rafferty is an award-winning artist who specializes in both portraits and oil paintings of urban scenes. Born and raised in the UK, Rafferty attended London University. She moved to the Bay Area in 1977 and earned a joint master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Asian Studies and journalism. She reported from Pakistan and Afghanistan and has written for the New York Times and the Mercury News in a career that spanned two decades.
Rafferty started painting more than a decade ago and has studied with master artists Jove Wang, Rebecca Alzofon, and Bob Gerbracht. Her work is represented in three Californian galleries and she has won many awards for her paintings.
First place: Los Gatos Art Association, Members Juried Show
13th Annual National Juried Exhibition, American Impressionist Society, Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN.
Los Gatos Plein Air, 2012.
BoldBrush Painting Competition: October, FAV15%
Group Show: STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco. November.
Second place: Pacific Art League "Scapes" Juried Show.
First place: Los Gatos Art Association, Members Juried Show.
BoldBrush Painting Competition: September, FAV15%
12th Annual National Exhibition, American Impressionist Society, Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel.
BoldBrush Painting Competition: August, FAV15%.
Northern California Light: Group Show of the California Art Club, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, San Francisco, California.
2011 1st Annual Plein Air Magazine Salon - Finalist May/June.
Los Gatos Plein Air, 2011.
Group Show: STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco. March.
"Cityscapes", Group Show, STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, August/September
Four Artist Show: Menlo College, California.
Treasures of the East Bay: Paintings by Local Artists A Centennial Exhibition of the California Art Club, Oakland, California.
Best in Show: Los Gatos Plein Air.
2010 Plein Air Festival, San Luis Obispo, California. Group Show.
University Arts, Group Show, San Jose, California.
Two Woman Show, Los Gatos Museums Gallery, Los Gatos, California.
Los Gatos Art Association Annual Members Juried Show 2010.
First Place, Los Gatos Art Association Annual Open Juried Show, 2009
First Place, Menlo College Plein Air Paintout 2009
The Frank Bette Award, Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout 2009
Second Place, Small Works Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, 2009
Honorable Mention, Quick Draw Event, Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout 2009.
Best in Show, Society of Western Artists, 58th Annual Exhibition.
The Richeson 75: Figure/Portrait Competition, June 2008, Kimberly, WI.
Artist’s Choice Award, Honorable Mention Jewel by the Bay Quick Draw Award
Merit Award, 3rd Annual Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout, Alameda, CA
Los Gatos Art Association Annual Show, Los Gatos, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Artist’s Council, 39th National Juried Exhibition, CA
Second Place, Society of Western Artists, John Muir Show, CA
San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, CA
Second Place, Society of Western Artists, Fremont Hills Show, CA
Second Place, Burrell School Vineyard & Winery, Art in the Vineyards Competition, CA
Fourth Annual National Central Fine Art Competition, Morro Bay Art Association, CA
Paint the Parks Exhibition, Westboro Fine Arts Gallery, Topeka, KS
Honorable Mention, 2nd Jewel by the Bay, Alameda Plein Air Festival, CA
Paint the Parks Competition, Top 100, Paint America Organization
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