Caroline Hiron was born in Swansea, South Wales, in 1963. She has never lived far from the sea and the natural environment has been a constant source of inspiration. A curiosity about the visual arts was ignited within her at school by a fantastically eccentric Art teacher. Encouraged by this mentor she left school at 16 and went straight to Art college. The next seven years were a voyage of self-discovery which culminated in an M.A. in Printed Textiles from the Royal College of Art. A love of colour, pattern and texture was ingrained at this early stage. Art and Design have persistently played a part in her life so far, in one form or another. For the past three years, Caroline has pursued her own individual, creative path. Mixed media is a fitting description to characterise the artistic style of her work, which constantly evolves through experimentation, exploration and accidental discovery. Her more recent work explores the essentiality of trees. She wishes to provoke the viewer into considering, more carefully, the role that these ‘sentinels of the earth’ play in our lives and to acquire an understanding of the history and communication that they hold within them. Caroline is constantly pursuing ways to portray the beauty that surrounds us but that is often hidden in plain sight. She believes that familiarity has bred a certain amount of indifference. Through her work, she wishes to engage the viewer with the details that can be found in nature but are often overlooked.
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