Carol Case Siracuse , Medieval Timberframe, Bologna, 2011; watercolor on paper, sight 18 x 12 1/2 inches; framed 25 1/2 x 19 1/9 inches; Gift of the Artist for Gala 2016
It has been said that art is a reflection of ourselves and how we see and live life. This means so much more to me today than it would have a few years back. Since retiring from the practice of architecture, I’m experiencing a new opportunity to grow, a new life as an artist. Expressing my observations in pen, pencil and watercolor, I can give form to my visions and my passions, the landscape of our home city and our travels. These creative urges will keep me occupied forever. What a privilege. My reward is simply contentment.
Carol Siracuse studied printmaking and drawing with Leonard Baskin at Smith College before undertaking her architectural training at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Princeton University. She practiced architecture in Boston, and Ithaca, opening her own firm in Chautauqua County in 1980. In 2001 she moved to Buffalo to pursue her educational planning expertise, and became a vice president at Cannon Design, retiring in 2010 after 38 years of practice. At Cannon she concentrated her nine year effort on the Strategic Plan for the Reconstruction of the Buffalo Public Schools, a project which fueled her passion for the architectural heritage of Buffalo, NY. It is her belief that Buffalo offers such a diverse and rich architectural palette that there is something amazing for every eye and taste.
A signature member of Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, she is presently its president . She is also an Exhibiting Member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and Western New York Artists Group. Her images of Buffalo and her travels have been shown most recently in the group shows, Buffalo – a work in progress at Studio Hart in Buffalo, The Travellers Muse, Journaling Around the World at Dana Tillou Fine Arts in Buffalo, at TGW Gallery on Franklin St., Buffalo, and at Artsphere Gallery on Amherst Street. She has had solo shows at Betty’s, Captured Travels, the Stuyvesant Gallery, and at My Sister’s Gallery at the Episcopal Church Home in Rochester, and has one scheduled for July-August 2016 at Pausa Art House in Buffalo. She is also represented by Tesori in Williamsville, NY. Her paintings have been accepted into juried shows for the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors, The BSA, WNYAG and NFWS. Her painting, Sunset on Hertel Avenue, won the Gold Medal in the 119th Catalogue Show of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Fall 2015. Her work is in the collection of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Castellani Art Center at Niagara University. Her travel paintings and sketchbooks have informed and delighted art lovers and travel buffs around the world.