Carole Vincent moved to Cornwall when she was 21 and fresh out of Bath Academy of Art at Corsham. Her early work was mainly painting, but gradually she moved to sculpture. Starting with wood, then moving to slate and finally concrete in the 1990s, this progression had followed many years of teaching at Sir James Smith School at Camelford. In her spare time she had painted and finally left teaching to become a full-time painter and sculptor. Her work explored the use of natural colour and texture in concrete for sculpture, and her use of pigments achieved remarkable success.
She had major public commissions in Devon (the Armada Dial in Plymouth), the Devon Pedestrians placed in three locations (Exeter, Plymouth and Barnstaple) and Les Jongleurs (group) sited in St Helier, Jersey. At home in her north Cornwall cottage garden she created an art-full concrete garden of sympathetic pieces and was a regular participant in the NGS (National Garden Scheme). In 2000 she worked on the creation of Bude Light with Anthony Fanshawe.
In 2001 Vincent's work was incorporated into the Blue Circle Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2007 she was the first winner of the British Pre-Cast 'Creativity in Concrete' award.
Carole Vincent died after a short illness in May 2019.
Painter, sculptor, teacher and designer
1999: Retrospective Exhibition of 30 years work, Camelford, Cornwall - sited in her home
Cornwall Today (Nov 1999) 'A hard way to earn a living' by A Weeks
Cornwall Today (Feb 2016) 'Half Acre: Garden of the Month' by Liz Norbury