Carole spent her early years in Florida. She liked to draw from childhood. She got some drawing instruction in grade school, but art classes were not offered after 6th grade. She went to college at Florida State University, where she majored in medical technology. She interned in lab work in Atlanta, Georgia.
She worked as a med tech for 8 years, coming to Alaska in 1969 to work for Public Health Service in Anchorage. As she was an itinerant worker, she traveled around the state to the communities that needed her services. One such job commute took her to Sitka, where she met her husband, Van. A fisherman, he lived on one-acre Maude Island (part of the Gilmore Island group), which he owned. Carole quit her job and stayed, fishing with Van at first. There, she again started drawing. Van bought her some dime store watercolors, and she began painting on typing paper. Her son, Lee, was born in 1972 while they lived on the island.
In 1973, Carole accompanied Van on a fishing trip to Icy Strait. Van’s uncle had a summer place in Gustavus, and the couple stopped in for a visit. The Continue reading