Mills College 1981



Menlo Park 2006 (C) Danuta Otfinowski

Carol Meyer Doyle

January 1946 – January 2006

Carol’s formative years were spent in the small eastern Ohio town of Cadiz, where she acquired her lifelong interests in gardens and needlework at the side of her mother and grandmother.  She learned the craft of cake decorating in her friend’s family bakery.  Later, in Columbus, she developed drafting and woodworking skills, helping her father with his architecture and construction business.  All of which formed the esthetic-and-skill bedrock supporting her life as an artist.  She earned a BFA in painting at Ohio State in Columbus and studied in graduate programs at UC Berkeley and Mills College in Oakland, where she served as teaching assistant to painter Jay De Feo and earned her MFA in 1981.

Carol practiced art as a painter, printmaker and teacher on the San Francisco peninsula until she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in September, 2001.  Early problems with her treatment interrupted her practice of art until she discovered the knitting-felting process in July 2004.  In the next sixteen months she experienced a blaze of creative energy producing a phenomenal output of more than one hundred vessels.

Curriculum Vitae


Reference material

Infinity Theater: Innocence, Experience and the Art of Carol Doyle, by David Kelso, Director, made in california Intaglio Editions

SFMOMA Museum Gallery Brochure – circa 1988, Carol’s painting Topia on cover, photos of Topia and Inheritance in collector’s offices