Interview with local Author and Artist Carole Hyder

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with my dear friend Carole Hyder she is a nationally recognized Feng Shui expert, author, and artist. Carole is a participant in Brush and Pen: Festival for Artists and Authors,

Welcome, Carole! Thanks for taking the time to talk with me this morning.


Katelyn- Hi Carole can you tell our readers a bit about yourself that isn’t art related.

Carole- I am cat-centric:  I love all things cat.  Almost all of my adult life I have had a cat, or two, or three.  I work hard not to be the crazy cat lady.

Katelyn- I know about your love of cats and have met some of your furry friends in person.  As another cat lover, I have decided that it’s okay to be a crazy cat lady!

Can you talk about what inspired you to start making art?

Carole- I have a degree in print-making so art has always had a high interest for me.  Painting is a creative outlet that uses different parts of my brain and body.

Katelyn- I have known you for many years and I didn’t know this about you.  I have a degree in print-making too.  How cool is that?

I don’t know about you but I never did print-making after I graduated because I didn’t have access to a printing press.  Do you have a favorite medium that you like to work with now?

Carole- I enjoy using acrylic paints with a palette knife because it offers me freedom of expression, plus they are very forgiving.

Katelyn- I love how you are using acrylics in your art. Here is an example of Carole’s work from a recent show:


I am always curious to know why artists create. Why do you create art?

Carole- Painting is a creative outlet that uses different parts of my brain and body.

Katelyn- I think that is key to making art because it gets you out of your thinking brain and allows you to access intuitive information.  Most artists run into creative blocks from time to time. What do you do when you get a creative block?

Carole- I walk away from the canvas, give myself some time and space, and then come back to it.  My return may be the next day, next week or a month later.  The painting lets me know when it’s time for us to work together again.

Katelyn- I love the idea that the painting calls you back to it.  I never thought of it that way but that is what happens, isn’t it?

What art/artists inspire you and why?

Carole- I’m inspired by the Impressionists who captured the essence of a scene or object without the need for precise details.  The viewer understands the spirit behind it.

Katelyn- I can see the impressionistic influence in your work.  It is really beautiful! I feel the same way.  The painting speaks to the viewer and the viewer really doesn’t need language to understand what they are seeing. The work speaks to everyone differently.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

Carole- I am not sure I will ever get over feeling like I’m an aspiring artist—-I’m always aspiring to a new expression or a new approach.  My advice would be to maintain a steady relationship with your art and let your art lead you.

Katelyn- I love that answer.  From that perspective, the work is always fresh and new.

I also want to say that Carole was the one who introduced Feng Shui to Minnesota.  That could be a whole other interview. She has written several books on Feng Shui that she will have at the Festival along with her art. I know she would love to have conversations about both her art and Feng Shui.  You can find her books at

Thank you so much, Carole, for taking the time to share with our readers.

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