Painting With Light

Carol Aronson-Shore is a New England and South Florida based artist whose landscape paintings, commissioned portraits, still life and figurative paintings are included in national and international art collections. Her award-winning oil paintings and drawings have been shown in more than 100 art exhibitions throughout the United States. She was the New England based artist selected to represent New Hampshire for the White House Bicentennial Celebration. The narrative painting she created, “The Green Room:  A Setting for History—Our National Day of Thanks” is in the permanent collection of the White House Historical Association and is frequently exhibited in Washington, DC. She is a New Hampshire Lifetime Fellow in the Arts and a Professor Emeritus of the Arts at the University of New Hampshire.

Carol has painted in various tropical locations for over 20 years. She now maintains a studio in South Florida which has inspired her vibrant color still lifes and abstract monotypes.

Shown above and further below are landscape paintings in oil depicting the changing seasons in New England. They were featured in the 2015 art exhibition: “The Color of Light: Seasons in Portsmouth.”  (See Exhibits for more information)

Carol Aronson-Shore

New Works / News

Key West Rooster Series

Something different and festive for the holiday season! These colorful oil on canvas paintings are a 6-part series finished in 2022. One of the paintings, “Pecking Order” is on exhibit at the Jag Gallery in Key West. See details about their show, “Small Works 2022” which you can visit in person or online.

set of 6 colorful rooster paintings - Key West Rooster Series

To view the images in detail, see them in the Tropics Gallery.

“Miracle on State Street”

Carol recently completed several ‘oil on paper’ paintings of the historic Strawbery Banke area. Several of these will be on display at New Hamshire Art Association’s last art exhibition of 2022, “Miracle on State Street”.  See details about this Member Holiday Exhibition including links to the site and previews of the artwork. For details and larger renditions of these paintings, visit the Portsmouth Gallery on this site.

Winter Warmth at Strawbery Banke
Garden at Strawbery Banke
Chase House Red Tree at Strawbery Banke
Late Summer Colors at Strawbery Banke

Four Seasons at Strawbery Banke

Spring Flowers at Strawbery Banke
Fall Flowers at Strawbery Banke
Summer Flowers at Strawbery Banke
Winter Flowers at Strawbery Banke

Private Commission through the Davallia Gallery

Artist’s Statement

Color shapes my work. I begin by seeing color relationships. I have a strong need to make my experience of color visible to others in a painting. In the process I find conversations between colors. A red speaks to a certain kind of blue and a third color emerges. A yellow changes from warm to cool and creates a feeling of light shifting and moving.

Sometimes I think that these experiences of color are the real subject of my representations. The way a color shapes light and space, the warmth of a color in light, the cooling of a color in shadow, how dramatic and ultimately expressive a color can become in recreating a memory. This is where I find inspiration and motivation to create.

Recent Exhibits / Shows

Pecking Order - Key West Rooster Series

“Porch Illuminated”

Small Works 2022:
Juried Show

Dec. 10, 2022 – Jan. 09, 2023


Jag Gallery
1075 Duval St, Space C23
Key West, FL  33040

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Miracle on State Street

Nov. 29, 2022 – Jan. 01, 2023


NHAA, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery
136 State Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801

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View the Paintings

Although best known for her oil paintings of New England, including Portsmouth and Monhegan Island, Carol’s works include Still Lifes, Frescoes, and Figurative Works as well. Meander through the various galleries to get a glimpse of her many works.

landscape painting - Summer Geometry at Strawbery Banke


The historic houses of Portsmouth, NH and the fishing village of Monhegan Island, ME have provided me with a visual opportunity to explore the way color shapes pictorial light and space. Both are places where history is alive. These galleries show seasonal views of Portsmouth, NH, Monhegan Island, Maine, New England scenes, Italia and the Tropics.

figurative painting - Couple Near the Falls

Figurative Paintings

Narrative oil and pastel paintings use the human form in both natural and interior settings. As a former dancer, the artist choreographs movement and gesture as a means of expression.

still life painting - Poppies, Tulips & Lemons

Still Lifes

These paintings include arrangements of foods and flowers in both traditional table settings and contemporary color designs. Recent paintings in the series called “Complementary Palate” explore color contrasts and the comparison between palate and palette: taste and color.

new england landscape paintings - spring & winter

Get in Touch

Whether you’re interested in purchasing a painting or commissioning one, wondering where you can see some of these paintings in the coastal New Hampshire region or just have a question, please contact me and I’ll do my best to respond quickly.