Carol Brenner Tobe is a Louisville native who has lived in Floyds Knobs, Indiana for over fifty years. She is a graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Louisville where she was a Hite Scholar and studied with noted landscape painter Eugene Leake: well-known Louisville artist Mary Spencer Nay; and Charles Crodel, German artist and visiting professor. Tobe worked in the fields of historic preservation and art gallery and historical museum administration. She was the first director of the Floyd County Museum (now Carnegie Center) and is the retired founding director of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville. Exhibits include a 2008 exhibit, “View/Review,” at the Carnegie Center and a solo exhibit in 2021 at Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery in New Albany.
My home is in the rural hills “knobs” of Southern Indiana and I am happiest when I’m in my garden or enjoying the changing variety of the broad landscape outside my windows. For subject matter, however, I am primarily interested in more intimate landscapes – fragments of neighborhoods, back yards, gardens – both formal and informal. My primary medium is traditional oil paint on canvas and I like working with gouache for smaller, more spontaneous paintings. In my paintings I want to celebrate and inspire others to appreciate the beauty of the familiar world we share.