Although landscapes, both urban and rural, are the subject of Carol’s paintings, her work is about contrast. Collectively, her work is a contrast of the engineered or built environment to the vast wilderness of her country.
Loeb works mainly in acrylics, usually blocking in the dark and mid-tone areas first and then adding thin layers of colour to create luminosity and depth. She also uses saturated colours and a limited palette to evoke a strong reaction from the viewer. Dramatic shadows focus attention on the main subject and create an atmospheric tension. The result is a realism that goes beyond a photographic representation or record of a place so we all can identify with or relate to it internally.
To capture these emotive qualities of the subject and have the image go beyond the purely representational, I often use contrasting saturated, complimentary colours to create a vibrancy and emphasis that goes beyond the pretty picture.