Caron O'Rourke creates sculpture and pottery in the fantastic mountains of inland, southern Spain. As a professional and practising artist she also offers specialist courses and practical workshops throughout the year at her studio which is located in the rural village of Los Encebras, Pinoso, Alicante. Art educators are welcome to the studio to continue their own professional development and training.
The local mountains contain a wealth of natural resources including stone, marble, colouring oxides and fantastic routes for hill walking and cycling. These surroundings have a direct influence on Caron's new work; the vibrancy of the natural light enhances the forms of the mountains and bring the diverse, natural forms into sharp focus when walking throughout the terraces. The superb quality of the Spanish, L'Amorqui limestone and local marble allows Caron and her students to permanently capture the fantastic light and colours when working within the sunshine.
The scale of the surrounding landscape has allowed Caron to create larger and stronger forms which reflect the beauty of the human form, natural textures and the geology of her local environment.
Caron has a wealth of artistic experience; she was formally trained in ceramics at Cumbria College of Art and Design under the guidance of Mike Dodd and Jim Malone where she developed her obsession with heads and the human form. After working for four years making furniture(money reared it's ugly head) she returned to study and developed her figurative modelling and drawing skills under the renowned sculptor, John Osbourne at Stafford College of Art & Design.
In 1993 Caron set up her first studio in Stafford, where she created a wide range of stone carvings, interior and garden sculptures and started to exhibit professionally. Following a move to Hampshire in the south of England Caron had three more studios where she continued to create sculptures for private and corporate clients. Since opening her first studio Caron has also worked as a part time, art lecturer in further education delivering courses which combined the fine art disciplines of sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.
Following her move to Spain Caron now combines her time between creating her own artwork, tuition, working to commissions and hill walking; she believes she has finally found the perfect balance.