Carol Hart, born in Shreveport, La., developed a love for art at a very young age. She earned a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. After a year of teaching and working on an advanced degree, she and husband Bill became part of the “back to the land” movement living in Madison County. But it was her love for people, especially those disenfranchised that led her to teaching children with disabilities and then on to founding Life Styles, a non-profit organization based on the belief that when all are included, all of our lives are enriched. Through Life Styles Carol was also able to incorporate her love for art by establishing The Blair Art Center giving individuals with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

Serving as director of Life Styles and along with Bill raising their two sons became the primary focus for her creativity. Since retiring in 2012, Carol has reconnected with her passion for painting. She is part of the Studio 7 where enjoys experimenting with a variety of subjects, mediums and materials, but states “I am an acrylic figurative painter at heart, often with a bit of collage and drawing thrown in”. Whether she is placing figures in abstracted settings or painting abstract landscapes, she explores the relationship of color and shapes to draw the viewer in.