Meet Caroline Haag, a recent Belmont graduate who has studied branding, design, illustration as well as other forms of fine art.
"I had drawn on napkins and my dad's legal pads since I was little, but thought of my artwork as more of a way to amuse myself than something that I really took seriously," says Caroline. "I, like so many others that landed in this beautiful city, wanted to be a musician."
When Caroline was 18, she owned/operated a photography studio.
"This helped me with utilizing my artistic eye in a different capacity," notes Caroline. "I found myself painting with light rather than paints, as it were."
It was age 22 when she really discovered her passion for painting and found other venues to hone her skills. Then, after college, she married her college sweetheart and began her life in Nashville.
"I have been painting with new inspiration and a sense of freedom since I married. I am always finding inspiration by asking "why" questions, pushing boundaries and trying to rethink convention," says Caroline. "I strive for curiosity rewarded by discovery; these discoveries I try to make into paintings."
Other than painting, Caroline had fallen in love with photography and so, she considered choosing that as her career.
"I had been a family photographer prior to college, which I found to be extremely meaningful," says Caroline. "I found meaning in photography because it presented me a rare opportunity to take a social moment that makes many people uncomfortable and turn it into an experience that makes them feel their most beautiful."
But, throughout her college career, she realized painting was a better fit for her and felt to be "a more rare gift." She didn't feel the same way taking pictures as she felt painting.
She also talked "part of being a good artist is being an insightful, researching, inquisitive human being." You must be passionate, dedicated and patient because it takes time to craft artwork and pieces.
"If art is a way to make commentary on the world, then it is the world that we must learn," says Caroline.
If you'd like to know more about her, please visit her Facebook page here!