Many artists have a studio near their house, an unused shed, shearers quarters, or a small demountable building but Carol McCormack likes to paint in the front seat of their four-wheel drive while exploring outback Australia with her husband.
That's one of the reasons she doesn't generally paint large works.
She does have a studio at home - an original two-roomed homestead moved from another part of their property. But it's on the road where she finds inspiration.
“There’s nothing like spreading out and spending hours with your subject, but I want to capture the essence of the country we pass through as well.” - Carol McCormack
Carol was born in England but spent her childhood in the Hughenden area of north western Queensland.
She had always wanted to paint but was told she was "not much good at it". So she went to university to study arts but with a focus on words not paint and brushes.
She and her husband settled on a property at Glenmorgan in Queensland's western Darling Downs region which is still home today.
As a young mother she enrolled in Mervyn Moriarty's Flying Arts School and credits him and the program with the bulk of her growth and development as an artist.
A painting trip to the Kimberleys in the mid 1980s with a group of artists led by three time winner of Australia's Archibald Prize, Clifton Pugh, was a major influence on her style.
"I fell in love with the Kimberley, the colours and I got a lot out of working with other artists"
Carol has exhibited extensively through the western and Darling downs and in Brisbane.
Another great influence (although not always positive for her painting career) has been the Myall Park Botanical Garden. For 20 years she worked with a core group of volunteers to convert it from a private to a public space, an experience she loved but that kept her from the easel often. She has recently stepped down to pursue her art.