All the artwork you see on this site was painted by
CAROL SANTELLA FENZL
“Painting is not a choice, it is a way of life… Carol Santella Fenzl”
Born in Boston in 1962, and raised in a city called Revere, Carol began to paint at 8, and continued throughout her school years. Her mother was an artist of Russian decent and he father was an Italian entrepreneur. She was the youngest of three children. At the age of fifteen, the loss of her father had a impact on her creativity and artwork, it became recognized nationally in the Annual National Scholastic Art Awards competition. She was awarded the shows highest honor, the Gold Key, for three consecutive years, along with six Blue Ribbon finalist awards, which led to a National School Art Exhibition, at the Union Carbide Exhibition Hall on Park Avenue in New York. In 1980 with the help of financial aid and a mom who worked three jobs, she attended Massachusetts College of Art and the Art Institute of Boston.
In 1983, a drunk driver who ran a red light, hit her with a semi truck, her injuries didn’t do well in the cold weather of New England. So when a friend asked her to come to Florida to recover/visit, she did, and stayed. She officially moved to Sarasota, Florida in the fall of 1984. She rented an art Studio at Florida Avenue Studios, in the downtown area of the city where a group of artists worked, and lived putting on large group shows.
She was hired as a staff artist for a large art dealer (Chrishawn Associates) in the area, and worked there for the following ten years, painting 40 hours a week and creating new art for their Highpoint furniture market showroom. She became a founding member of the Manatee County Cultural Alliance task force, an attempt to rejuvenate the downtown area of Bradenton, Florida, by putting on large block parties and events. She is currently involved with her neighborhood association, as well as Manatee county’s Master Gardener program, and working with city officials giving input for improving our county.
She worked as a volunteer with Easter Seals in Sarasota as an art therapist to brain injury survivors. This she says this was one of the most rewarding things to do with art. She is currently inspired/trying to help by a group “Art by kids with cancer” where the children with cancer of South West Florida have public art shows to sell their work to help their families offset the financial burden of living and surviving with a young child who has cancer.
In September of 2002, she and her husband (musician Michael Fenzl) purchased the art/framing equipment and supplies of their former employer and started Studio One Art Collections. Supplying fine art to the industry. Now in their fifteenth year, they are thankful to do what they love for a living.
Her work was chosen in Sarasota’s Embracing Our Differences campaign for a billboard size display at the Bayfront in 2006. She has also donated her work to various non-profit organizations and churches over the years, a life sized gilded wood/oil wall sculpture of Saint Francis of Assisi, on public display at the monastery in Michigan, and a panoramic mural for Early Promise, Live painting auctions for Hospice and Take back Lives, and Ronald McDonald house to name a few.
At the present time, Carol is involved solely in commissioned work through the design firms she works with throughout the United States. If you are interested in commissioning a custom painting please email your inquiry, and someone will respond with a design firm near you.
Her work is on public display in showrooms at Design West, Soicher-Marin, Bank of America Corporate, Polo Towers, Las Vegas, and other private collections through out the world.
The website art you see on here is of pieces that have been commissioned and sold.
Past publications include: Sarasota Magazine, Florida Design, Better Homes and Garden, International Home Furnishing, Accessory Merchandising, & Furniture Today, Gulf shore Life, Architectural Digest, and Design South.