Artists Josephine Coyle & Carrie Ventola

By March 5, 2020 Art Walls

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation

presents ArtWalls O’side at the Civic Center Library

Featuring artists

Josephine Coyle


Carrie Ventola

Opening Reception

Friday, April 3rd from 5:30-7:00 pm


Josephine Coyle – I believe all manifestations of art are landmarks in the progress of the human spirit as each work of art reveals something of the artist and of our world/universe. I feel my art speaks for itself – giving the viewer insights into existence, circumstances, and emotions = an additive and positive experience!
Josephine might well have been considered a child prodigy as the gift of art emerged at the age of 4. Growing up the message was often transmitted that art was not a viable career choice. However the prevalency of the gift and call to express was ever present.
In the sixties, in Florida, she commenced working in marine biology, coral reef ecology, collecting and cataloging fish, underwater still photography and filming. Josephine had photographs and article in National Geographic Magazine. Detailed pen and ink drawings of fish collected were done and published. During her years of diving and marine collecting she found new species of fish, mollusk and flora and has a new species of fish named after her.
Finally acknowledging and using her God given gift of art Josephine turned her attention to creating detailed pen and ink of animal life. This progressed into oil painting and sculpture. She began exhibiting in 1984 and had her first one woman show in 1989.
From 1989 to 1999 Josephine executed a series entitled “How a Woman Feels when….” symbolic images of women’s life experiences on the physical, mental and spiritual planes. One image, “How a Woman Feels when Liberated” was selected by NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) printed as a card and made available nationally. Another painting “Winged Hands of the Deaf” was released as a limited edition print/poster by the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore, MD. During the years 2001 to 2008 she created large scale murals, scenic backdrops for plays, children’s programs and women’s conferences, did commissioned paintings and led drawing classes for children.
Josephine continues to paint images, in oil, acrylic and oil pastel, which are thought provoking and invite the viewer to venture inward. Selections of Josephine’s work are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. archives.


Carrie Ventola – Do what you love and love what you do, always influenced by the beauty that nature provides you!
      Raised in Tucson, Arizona and already a well-known artisan and craftsperson in New England, Carrie’s desire to create beautiful land and seascapes took hold long before her relocation to California in the 1990’s.
Her drive to create fully blossomed in California and with her move to sunny San Diego in 2001, she feels she has come full circle.
Carrie has  been strongly influenced by a number of great Southwest, New England, and California artists. Defined by her trademark umbrellas, her gentle and sunny style reflects the beauty, optimism, and dreamlike qualities of Southern California.                               She has participated in numerous juried shows at galleries, corporate facilities, and public institutions throughout San Diego and Orange County, winning many best of show awards. Her paintings are displayed in a variety of private collections and corporate offices, throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.


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