Carol Rienecker

Artist Statement

Mathematics is part of my background training and geometry has always intrigued me. I love puzzles and problem solving.

Color fascinates me. Most of the paint I use I have made from mixing ground pigments and linseed oil in small bowls. I obtain highly saturated and, sometimes, unusual hues. Often I arrive at a color which I later find I can't exactly replicate. This seems to be as close as I can get to my secret desire to create a color never seen before!

I start a fresh canvas with bowls of leftover paint. With abandon I create LOTS of problems! I explore, reject, get lost. This is a great adventure! Eventually I find out where the painting must go. Music usually joins me during the search.

My hope is that some of the pleasure I experience creating these paintings translates into enjoyment and engagement for the viewer!

Resume (September 2015)

Solo Exhibits

  • KI Design Showroom, San Francisco

  • Tara Restaurant, San Francisco

  • Nova Bar and Restaurant, San Francisco

  • Sutter Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

  • October 2011 "Artist of the Month", Sinopia (pigments:

Juried Shows

  • Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton

  • ARC Gallery, San Francisco

  • Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville

  • Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino

Group Shows

  • Three person show, Artescape Studios, San Ramon

  • Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley

  • Mad River Post, San Francisco

  • Piedmont Lane Gallery, Oakland

  • Oakdale Painters Reception, Jessie St, San Francisco

  • Townsend Bakery, San Francisco

  • UC Extension exhibit, San Francisco

  • San Francisco Open Studios Group Shows at SOMARTS Gallery

  • Chroma Zones, Piedmont Art Center, Oakland

  • Chroma Zones, FOUND on Piedmont Ave, Oakland

  • A Different Day Gallery, Albany

  • ARTWALK, Union Street, San Francisco

  • UCSF Women's Health Center, San Francisco

Merit Award

"Fresh Works 2015", Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton

Benefit Auctions

  • Pazapa benefit at Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco

  • UCSF Art for AIDS Auctions, San Francisco

  • ARTSPAN benefit auctions, San Francscio

  • San Francisco Coalition for the Homeless Auction, San Francisco


  • Bachelor of Arts, Wellesley College

  • Numerous classes in architecture, sculpture, papermaking, drawing, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and oils at UC Berkeley, California College of Art, Las Positas Community College, and the Mendocino Art Center

  • Private instruction with Larry Robinson


Brockton, Massachusetts

Harrington Gallery

Tara Resatuarant Exhibit

South of France

Carol at work - image 1

brushes and bowls of paint

Carol at work - image 2