Born in Hollywood in 1930, Carol grew up in a place and time punctuated with artists of many media. She received her formal training in painting at UC Berkeley in the years immediately following Hans Hofmann’s tenure there.  As an abstract expressionist, his influence on her work was substantial. She also studied at UCLA and at La Esmeralda Art Academy in Mexico City shortly after Frida Kahlo’s tenure there.


Carol Mills

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Carol founded and is the spirit of the collective Courtyard Gallery in Idyllwild, California. Her work is permanently exhibited there today with other artists. Abundant inspiration flows between her and her children (Robin and Evan) and grandchildren (Nathaniel, Francesca and Sasha).