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Carol Hoorman

Artist's Profile

I want my work to bring joy and beauty to the world, and put a smile on your face!

My creations are the fusion of Fine Art and Technology; an original technique I have been perfecting for many years. My Cowgirls defy convention and have spirits bigger than a Texas sky. I have chosen the Cowgirl as an image of independence, perseverance, integrity and one that embodies the image of a self-sufficient, competent woman. She is acknowleded as an authentic American icon. Perhaps undervalued, I celebrate the cowgirl in all her adventures and travail, wild and strong. Her look has been updated in my collection entitled, "Cowgirl Nation." I am a self-taught painter, computer user, and website designer. As well as painting animals, I am interested in figures that interact with environment, creating a poignant, mysterious vision and tell a story. Using imaginative design, exquisite detail and richly colored landscapes, my imagery is commanding, whimsical and enigmatic. Every cowgirl tells a story and my goal is to create "Cowgirls that Rock"!

An animal lover, I am particularly fond of the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, I have had 3 rescue cavaliers in the past and have two now. I chose to paint the Cavaliers because I love them. My Pet  Portraits are created on canvas; gallery wrapped and ready to hang. All archival materials are used: canvas, ink, paint, and varnish that contain a UV protectant that prevents sun damage and yellowing. A hand painted "sculptured varnish" is applied when I finish the painting that creates a beautiful textured effect on parts of the painting I want to emphasize.

The Pet Portraits are "heirloom" quality to be enjoyed for life and longer. Working from photos you send me, if you are out of town, I can send you a proof by email and make any changes that are necessary. I can add colors or fabric patterns into the background, or paint your pet in any scenario you imagine. For pets that live near by, I visit the pet to get acquainted and take snapshots, take a look at your decor, and create a one-of-a-kind portrait. Meeting the requests of my pet owners is something I love to do. For example, I recently created a portrait of a black Schnauzer named Cleo. Her owner wanted me to add a bunny to the portrait because Cleo loves bunnies.  This particular painting is called "Cleo's Magic Kingdom." I guarantee to capture the unique personality of your pet.

Any design on my website can be purchased as a greeting card. They make exquisite one of a kind gifts, especially for someone who has everything. My greeting card paper and ink are of the highest quality, archival. The image you select is placed in a background that I custom designed and is part of a collectable series. I give great thought to my products and labor intensively to ensure they are unique and have the highest quality. My work is all about the art and my clients. You cannot purchase my work in any retail store. A recent client, Deborah Maicach, has this to say about the portrait I created of her Italian Greyhounds: "The portrait absolutely captures the personalities of my girls (her dogs) and it is proudly hung in my family room so I can admire it all the time. You can't believe how wonderfully textured and three-dimensional the canvas is." 

Some of my favorite artists are the timeless Matisse, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Gauguin. Contemporary influences would include Maxfield Parrish, Aubrey Beardsley, Erte, Michael Parks and Jasmine Becket-Griffith. See more of my work at and email me at

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