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Carol Dalton

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is just not in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life" —Arn Glimcher

Known for her quiet works deeply inspired by the world around us, Carol Dalton's paintings exude the magical ineffable qualities of nature. The often overlooked traces in sand or rock, the erosion from water overtime, or the way light bounces off water are all part of the quiet languages spoken in her work.

"Observing textural layers of materials, patterns in nature and the art of primitive cultures are all inspiration for my work."

Where do you dream of going? 

Deep into the sea.

What are three things you dream of?

Traveling in the Southwest.
Visiting my brother and sister in law in Australia.
Having an unlimited amount of wood panels.

How did your upbringing effect your art?

I explored ocean life and the coastal foothills in California, lived on an avocado ranch, and spent time in the garden. Spending time in nature influenced my use of color, tactile application, and subject matter.


Carol Dalton grew up in Southern California. She explored ocean life and the coastal foothills before enrolling in The Santa Barbara Art Institute, a part of Brooks Institute. Majoring in painting from 1971-1974 and receiving several scholarships, she also studied printmaking and ceramics. Her exposure to nature has had a lasting effect on the artist. Her work has become more nuanced over time reflecting her quiet yet emotional connection to the environment. Natural colors, patterns, reflections, and texture inform her work. Carol builds up her paintings on wood panels with layers of paper and water based paints, scraping, sanding, marking, until distilled with a powerful presence.

Dalton has been exhibiting for over thirty years in Bay Area galleries. She has work included in the Crocker Art Museum, the Monterey Art Museum, and corporate collections including Kaiser Permente. Carol’s work is included in many private collections, locally and abroad. 

Carol lives in Benicia California with her husband, and maintains her studio along the Carquinez Strait.

Carol Dalton lives and works in Benicia, California