Family, Science and Art of Jose F. Caro M.D.


Art Milestones

Why a Second Career in Art?


My great granduncle, Rafael Eiroa, was an artist in the late XIX century Spain. One of his paintings was in my parents? home.  It was a middle age woman sitting in a dilapidated straw chair. Her eyes were unfixed and gazed into space. It was almost as if she was waiting to catch the opportunity she did not have.  Every night I fell to sleep thinking about her, about opportunities, the future, and most definitively that I wanted to paint like my uncle Rafael. 

After the Spanish Civil war, my family like many others immigrated to Argentina looking for the freedom they did not have. I still remember vividly those 21 days crossing the ocean aboard the steamship Buena Esperanza (Good Hope).  My great granduncle?s large canvas was carefully removed from the frame by my father, rolled and stored into a trunk labeled ?memories from Spain?.

Many years had passed before my mother decided to open the trunk.  The canvas was severely damaged.  I was a teenager and had forgotten the woman sitting in a chair. Nevertheless, my parents knowing my interest for art suggested that I repair her. I bought oils and brushes and I did it! I knew then what I wanted to become. But when I told my father about my desire to enter the school of art he said ?study son, you will always have time to paint?. 

I became a physician and soon after graduation I moved to the USA with my wife and daughter looking for freedom and opportunities, like my parents did. It has been a great 40 years journey but I never found time to paint like my father said. 

Thus, I left medicine and science at age 60 to find time to paint.  My youngest son Rafael after reading this statement he smiled and firmly said ?I will start a career in art this fall semester?. If I finish wanting to paint like my uncle Rafael and my son Rafael, I would say it is not a bad way to end.  


Presentations at Juried Shows.-


2009                      Greenville Museum of Art Annual Juried Show. Greenville, NC

                              Only in California  and  The Magic Five Minutes in  the Morning


2011                       Pastel Society of North Carolina, Winter Exhibition. Greensboro, NC

                              The Beach at Acadia National Park


2013                        Ninth  Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, Old Forge, NY

                               I am not a little girl anymore


2013                       27th Annual International Exhibit. Northwest Pastel Society. Tacoma,    


                               At Acadia National Park


 2013                       First Carteret County Juried Art Show by Michael Dorsey former                 

                                Dean of the School of Art at East Carolina University. Emerald Isle, 


                                Shall I grow up? and At the Poconos Mountains


2013                        North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition. On Common        

                                Grounds: Pastel Paintings From The Mountains To The Sea.

                                 I am not a little girl anymore


2013                         The 23rd International  Association of Pastel Societies  Juried 

                                 Exhibition. Marshfield, MA

                                  I am not a little girl anymore

2013                          9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition 2013

                                  I am not a little girl anymore

2014                         The Southeastern Pastel Society 16th International  Exhibition.         

                                  Oglethorpe  University Museum of Art. Atlanta, GA 

                                   I am Not Alone and Dreaming About Spring


2014                          28th Annual International  Exhibit. Northwest Pastel Society.

                                  Tacoma, WA

                                   At Acadia National Park


2014                          Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, View.Old Forge NY



2014                           Degas Pastel Society Fifteenth Biennial National Exhibition. New

                                   Orleans, LA.

                                    Maternity and I am not alone


 2014                         Southeastern Pastel Society On-Line Juried Exhibition.



2015                           Pastel Society of the West Coast 2015 Annual Members Show.

                                   Haggis Museum, Stockton, CA.

                                   I am not alone


2015                           Southeastern 2015 juried members exhibition. Quinlan Visual Art
                                   Center, Gainesville, GA.



2015                          Degas Pastel Society Nineteenth Membership Exhibition. New

                                   Orleans, LA 

                                   Choices  and I am not a little girl  anymore


2015                            The Peninsula Art League 2015 Open Juried Show. Harbor           

                                    History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA

                                    Maternity and The hug 


2015                            117th Annual Juried Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond IN.



2105                            Indiana Artists Member Exhibition 2015, Minnetrista Museum, Muncie IN

                                     Dreaming about Spring 


2015                             Southeastern Pastel Society 2015 Online Exhibition

                                     What are you thinking?    

2016                             84th Annual Juried Exhibition. Indiana Artists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 


2017                              85th Annual Juried Exhibition. Indiana Artists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 

                                      I am not Alone  

2017                              Degas Pastel Society Twentieth Membership Exhibition.

                                      Selfie to the Sunglasses

2017                               Pure Color 2017. Pastel Society of North Carolina. 


2017                                Sixth Biennial National Juried Open Exhibition, Pastels Chicago

                                        Birthday Party

2017                                Indiana Artists Annual Members Exhibition

                                        The joy of Life 

2017                                Southeastern Pastel Society, online memebers showcase


2018                                Seventh Biennial Member Juried Exhibition, Strokin' VII!

                                        Our Polititians 

2018                                Southeastern Pastel Society"s 2018 Juried 18th International Exhibition

                                        Selfies at the glasses  

2018                                Hoosier Salon, New Harmony Gallery

                                        Are we ready to leave home?                  


One Person Shows.-  


2013                        Emerald Isle Recreation Center, Emerald Isle, NC


2013                        Bogue Banks Public Library, Pine Knoll Shores, NC


2013                         Arts for the Hospital, Carteret Hospital, Morehead City, NC        

Presentations at Non Juried Shows.-


2013                        Art for the Heart Annual Exhibition. Carteret County Art Council.                                                        

                                Morehead  City, NC .

                                ?I am not a little girl any more? and ?The beach at Emerald Isle?




2012                         The Editor Choice: Celebration of Water?. Art & Beyond Vol. 6, 

                          page 16, 2012.


2013                         Juried  Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA)


2013                          Featured Artist of the Week with "Are we ready to leave home?" at 



2013                          Featured Artwork @The Library. The Shoreline, Vol. 9, No. 8, p. 10


2013                          Featured Pastel Artist. News-Time, Vol. 102, No.59, p.


2013                          News and Mentions. Art Line, Pastel Society of NC. Vol. 2013 May


2014                          The Artist's Magazine. Annual Art  Competition. Portrait/Figure    

                                  Third Place Winer "I am not a little  girl anymore"


2015                           Juried Full Member of the Degas Pastel Society.    


2015                           Juried Full Member of the Indiana Artists Club               

Professional  Societies and Memberships.-


2008 - 2012              The Indiana Art Association


2009 - Present         Hoosier Salon, Patron Association and Fine Art Gallery


2009 - 2012                Northern Indiana Pastel Society


2012 -  2014               Craven Arts Council & Gallery, Inc., NC


2012 -  2014              Seaside Arts Council, NC


2012 -  2014              Art Council of Carteret County, NC 


2012-   2014              Pastel Society of North Carolina


2012-   2014              Greenville Museum of Art, NC


2013-  Present           Juried Associate Member Pastel Society of America (PSA)


2013-   Present          Northwest Pastel Society


2014-  Present           Southeastern Pastel Society


2014 - Present            Juried Signature Member of the Degas Pastel Society


2018                           Member of Excellence, Southeastern Pastel Society

Invited Lectures. -


?The role of art in society?. Lookout Rotary Club, Morehead City, NC 2012


?The Past and Present of Pastel Painting?. At the Art for the Hospital Annual Meeting.

Carteret Community Hospital, Morehead City, NC  2013


Consultant/Advisory Activities. -


Member of the Board of Arts for the Hospital. Carteret County Community Hospital, Morehead City, NC


Member of the Jury for Arts for the Heart, Student Category, Carteret County Art Council, Morehead City, NC




Art education.-

2008-2010                 Semester Courses in Fine Art at the Indianapolis Art Center.


2010-2012                 Study in Fine Art at CCC College, Morehead City, NC


2011-Present             Participation at Workshops, critic sections and art classes with                             

                                   experience artists such us W. Creevy, R. McKinley, P. Newell.