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Carol Zieres, a resident of Safety Harbor Florida, hails from the “Empire State,” New York, where she was born and raised in upstate New York near Utica.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art and Biology from the State University of New York at Oswego and later earned her Master’s degree from Chapman University in Orange, California.  Carol is a retired Army Veteran and since her discharge from Active Duty, she has been busy cultivating a second career in the Fine Arts.  Her specialty is Watercolor painting in which she has turned many of her colorful landscape paintings in to postcards of her favorite scenes portraying “Olde Florida.”  Two of her Florida landscape paintings were featured on the front cover of the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce business directories (2013 – 2014), a nationally circulated publication.  Carol has traveled extensively, both in the USA and abroad with the Department of Defense, always with camera in hand taking pictures of scenic landscapes along the way.  Having been stationed in Europe, some of her favorites from her European collection include windmills, stone arched bridges, mountains, light houses, and castles in Germany, Holland, and Switzerland.  Her paintings are very detailed and convey a real sense of illusion that one is looking out an actual window.  In addition to her studio work, Carol has been very active in the Art community.  She was both Secretary and Vice President of TESA for four consecutive years, served as voting member of the Safety Harbor Public Art Committee for the City Council for three consecutive years, and currently teaches watercolor and mixed media at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center.   In recent months, Carol has taken up a new hobby and interest in history in that she founded the Safety Harbor Historical Society.  Several of her paintings capture the charm and transformation of Safety Harbor, spanning a 100 year history, as reflected in her Centennial Painting, “Safety Harbor, Then and Now” (1917-2017).  This painting was featured in the 2016 Veterans art exhibit, “Star Spangled Art Show” sponsored by Operation Helping Hand and the Tampa Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) at the Fine Arts Building, St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus.  Recently, Carol was appointed a Director on the Executive Committee for the nonprofit organization, Operation Helping Hand that provides financial support for the wounded servicemen and women receiving medical treatment at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. “Art is therapy for all people from all walks of life, regardless of the challenges life may bring.”  After four years of serving as Treasurer for the Tampa Chapter, MOAA, Carol who is also a retired, Colonel, will be installed as Chapter President in January 2017.




Sunrise Over Tampa Bay
9 x 12 Watercolor

Skating on the Canals in Friesland
8 x 11 1/2 Watercolor

Konigsschoss Neuschwanstein
11 x 14 Watercolor

Heidelberg Castle
9 x 12 Watercolor

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
9x 12 Watercolor

Dutch Tulip Fields – Splash of Color
8 1/2 x 11 Watercolor