August 25th, 2013 - South Dartmouth, MA
By JONATHAN CARVALHO
July 28, 2013 12:00 AM
DARTMOUTH — Sometimes it takes retirement for someone to realize their passion — and talent. Count Carol Veiga in that category.
After nearly 30 years spent in the advertising department of The Standard-Times, first as a staff artist and later as art director, Veiga is now an accomplished painter.
While she did have a background in art, given her work experience Veiga had never really been a painter, she says.
"I went to the Swain School of Design, where I majored in graphic design," she says. "It was after I left The Standard-Times that I went back to UMass Dartmouth to take beginner's classes in drawing."
Veiga works in various media, including acrylic paint, stenciling, ink drawing, and watercolors.
Much of her work focuses on local subjects of interest, including two of her favorite subjects: landscapes and birds.
Recently, Veiga held an open studio at her home where she offered a look at a great deal of her work as well as selling her pieces.
Many paintings and drawings were locally inspired. A recent series, Stone Walls, features just that — scenes of various stone walls from around the SouthCoast, like Westport's Drift Road and Dartmouth's Potomska and Rock'o'Dundee Roads.
Another set of paintings focuses on lighthouses, including New Bedford's Butler Flats.
Veiga does numerous ocean scenes, and counts Westport's East Beach among her top inspirations for such paintings. She also travels around the area, with one painting including a sea scene from Scituate.
Her bird and flower series are also life-like. She paints numerous flowers, and her portrayal of avian life is especially realistic. Veiga says many of those paintings are done from photos she has taken or others have taken to give to her.
Besides painting, Veiga also teaches a weekly art class at the Dartmouth Council on Aging.
"I have some very talented students," says Veiga. "Everyone gets along, learns from one another and feeds off of one another."
One of her students can't help but agree.
"Carol is such a terrific teacher," says Christine George, a student of Veiga. "She's so positive, and encourages each of us. She tells us we all have the ability to paint."
While Veiga specializes in landscapes and natural scenes, she has also painted portraits for family and friends. She works and sells from her South Dartmouth home, with commissioned artwork considered upon request.
To contact Carol Veiga Studio, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Web site is carol-veiga.fineartamerica.com