Zoe McCarthy


Zoe McCarthy

Zöe spent her childhood in the city of Lincoln, a rural part of England with open skies, green spaces and over 1100 years of architectural history. She studied painting, ceramics and photography and gained a place at the Lincoln School of Art and design, later continuing her education in art, photography and art history. later, Zöe moved to Norwich, to the School of Art and Design and completed a BA (Hons) degree in Visual Arts. Leaving University, eager and wanting to put her mark on the world, she discovered Marketing with her first ‘real’ job working as a Marketing Coordinator for a large organization. Zöe worked in the field for 8 years, in both a Managing and an Artworking capacity, with several Design Agencies in the UK, worked with Budweiser, McDonalds, Sony and GE. During this time, she also studied Graphic Design and went on to teach. Zöe is an emerging Artist, who works from her studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.


Process is very important to me, combining acrylics and varnish with my hands promotes fluidity. I use acrylic because of its fast drying characteristics, which allow me to use labor-intensive layering techniques to capture depth of color whilst also being able to manipulate texture. I experiment on the canvas, try and push the medium it to its limits. Combining acrylic ink, varnish and gloss mediums with the paint brings light and negative space into the work. I paint in the same way a sculptor would use their hands and tools to sculpt clay. My hands refine the painting process. Painting with my hands feels honest. The way acrylic reacts to light appeals to me. It grabs you at different times in the day, bringing you deep into the canvas, or anchoring you in the present. This adds to the sense of urgency, or calm - the moment in time.


b. 1975
Lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1998Norwich School of Art, BA
  • 1997Lincoln School of Art and Design
My studio is available most days by appointment - please email me at info@zoemccarthy.com to arrange a time that works for you.