CAROL B. WAITE – Sumi-e Artist

Oriental Brush Painting

Ms. Waite developed interest in art during private lessons as a young woman. She majored in Fine Arts at the George Washington University and studied painting and drawing at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC.  At the Corcoran she worked mostly in oils and pastels, as well as ink and pencil, and enjoyed painting figures and portraits. She later studied Sumi-e at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, winning plaudits at an Art League show at the Torpedo Factory.

Ms. Waite has always loved the beauty and peacefulness of nature, especially flowers and birds. Her recent Featured Artist show in Crystal City’s Gallery Underground depicts fall trees, red-rimmed canyons, flowers and birds. Sumi-e, or Oriental Brush painting, combines her interest in art and nature as well as reflecting her experience living in Japan. Sumi-e is an artistic interpretation of various aspects of nature and life, done with ink-like “sumi” and watercolor on rice paper.  Sumi is a solid made from the soot obtained by burning certain plants, such as bulrush, combined with glue from deer horn. The sumi is rubbed on a slate with water to make the “ink.” The “e” in sumi-e means painting in Japanese.

Sumi-e paintings by Ms. Waite have been shown in galleries and businesses throughout the area and other states. The Sumi-e Society of America, Inc., jury also accepted her paintings to hang at numerous Annual Juried Exhibitions held at locations around the United States. Her painting at the King George Art Show won a blue ribbon. She also received an Honorable Mention at the Fredericksburg Center for Creative Art and the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Ms. Waite was juried into Annmarie Garden’s Living Gallery of Artists show in Solomons Island, MD, an associate of the Smithsonian Institute, and her work was shown at four shows there. At Gallery Clarendon’s ARTrageous event her painting received the honor of “Best in Show”. In addition to the Gallery Underground in Crystal City, Arlington,, one may also view her work at Brush Strokes Gallery.

Ms. Waite is a member of the National Sumi-e Society, the Greater Washington Chapter of Sumi-e, Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts, Brush Strokes Gallery (Fredericksburg, VA), and the Arlington Artists Alliance, Gallery Underground. To view samples of her work, visit her website at

Carol B. Waite, 901 15th St, S, Apt. 1601, Arlington, VA 22202

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