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  The Beginning Years


The unveiling of GEN Franks portrait in Oklahoma.

​​​​"To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift."

Steve Prefontaine

In the past, Carroll ran track ladders and negative splits for 14 to 22 sub-six miles five days per week, regardless of the weather, aches and pains.

The Bulldog's bearded, #7 world-ranked marathoner, Benji Durden got him started. "Benji was a gazelle, FASTER than a cheetah!"

Carroll was a competitive cyclist just before running, that focused on the track's kilo, and who road raced for added fun from Tallahassee to Hartford.

 Previously, he was a wrestler, varsity tennis player, and martial artist (THOUGH, he can't dance). Wisdom: PAIN is not inherent in painting—It's progress.

Mr. Durden jogged backwards talking with Carroll, as Carroll ran two miles in 11:46 on day one, the night before the GA State Track Championships.

Safeguard the "Cadillac" of today's Old West industry (And, it's precious cargo) as it sails across thief-ridden "overland" routes.

Prelim sketch for a custom idea (着想) painting. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ If you can fan a six shooter you could be the star in this painting.

​You might be able to make it an image enhancing expense --- You can look like a tall Texan in a memorable tradeshow poster!

" 'AI code talkers'​  simulate by approximation, unlike Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, Katsushika Hokusai, Tani Bunchō, ...

Handel, Beethvoven, Vivaldi, Mahalia, Gebrselassie, Jordan, Pelé, Messi, Cambiaso, Hogan, Federer, and Schumacher.

The greatest of all-time don't paint by the numbers—They're virtuosos. Each did the hardest work and played the best.

Perhaps,  I'll paint white tigers (虎), cherry tree blossoms, peacocks, Strads, peonies, and waterscapes next!"


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"First, I was a scientist because it was a whole lot safer than being an artist.

I feared expressing emotion and feelings, and being called eccentric. Wisdom.
Tradition told me to not rock the boat. But, winners love tippy wooden boats.

Art teaches you not only to look, but to listen. I was listening carefully when
I made a seemingly life versus death career jump from left brain to art brain.

I gave up the security of wealth and jumped into a tippy wooden boat race.​​​​"

W​​​​​​​hen​ European luminary artist, Sr. Alcaraz (SCRAPBOOK COLLAGE), saw Carroll's coloured pencil drawing of common flowered purple thistles and how he portrayed them with the delicate, unequaled beauty of the Juliet Rose, he invited Carroll to study painting at his summer home in an idyllic Castilian Spanish village in 1994. ​His experience in Spain with Sr. Alcaraz was so historically significant (A handful of artists in the last 500 years have had such an opportunity) that he told the stories behind the paintings to more than 525 audiences in the months after he returned to Texas: American Association of University Women, University of Chicago Alumni Association, Trammell Crow Headquarters (talks for accountants and attorneys), school districts (high schools, middle and elementary schools), performances at senior centers, ... Carroll was interviewed on radio and television programs. An applauding chorus demanded his paintings, stories, and poems be published in a book for them. 

Carroll was told one of his small pencil drawings was bought by a legendary cattleman's heirs and wound up on the largest ranch (Founded in 1849) under a single fence near Vernon, Texas --- 835 square miles --- 520,527 acres!

Drawing (Top left).  ​​​​Beauty in Essence (Cirsium texanum). Purple thistles are cosmopolitan weeds. Señor Alcaraz saw Carroll's purple thistles and knew instantly that he can draw and compose. Well, Carroll had been doing pencil and pen-and-ink drawings for 38 years, including 10 years of scientific illustration. Ergo, he taught him acuarela. Carroll made and signed one Artist Proof of the spiny purple flowers, but no prints — AP #1 of 1 is over a friend's dining table. It was the last colored pencil drawing he made. And, it put him on a plane out of town. He does not accept students.

​​"Alcaraz restored a trove of priceless masterpieces in the world's elite art museums, e.g., Musée du Louvre, Museo del Prado, The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City​, the Château de Versailles​, and irreplaceable treasures in prehistoric French caves and cathedrals throughout France and Germany. He explained how he trembled before a Rembrandt he was asked to restore, and in a dream he saw how to restore the priceless work; Paco got up in the morning and just did it. He showed me with the wave of his hand. Another night, in the centuries old shepherd's barn beneath his living quarters, he opened a book of Picasso's 'stains' (watercolors) and traced his friend's brushstrokes with his finger to show me how the lovely paintings were made. Sr. Alcaraz taught me to do what no art school can teach.​  HSM The King of Spain understood this." Carroll sold his treasured stamp collection to pay for his trip to study with Alcaraz, an investment Wall Street would've applauded. Pure and simple. The enthusiastic Spaniard was a sixty-year-old boy genius, who still bit lightly on his tongue while working.

​​​​​​​★​​★★​​★  A beautiful Brazilian socialite from a family schooled in England, opened life-changing doors for Carroll, one century after her grandfather co-founded and presided over Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (A rowing club for wealthy elite young men and women). She facilitated Carroll's painting studies with her distinguished friend in historic Europe. One decade later, an art industry insider told Carroll his art was seriously underpriced compared to the public favorite whose small pieces he was selling for a fortune --- Plus, one of the man's Hollywood film producer pals wanted to make a movie about Carroll. Someone added that Carroll would be better known than Picasso. Fame and fortune are irrelevant to him.

​​Acuarela Expert. Distinctively, acuarelas (watercolors) require you think differently and that you get it right the first time, perhaps, as some say, "They're unforgiving." Art on paper requires expert technique and knowledgeable curation.


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  Carroll F. Burgoon, III, AKA, The Artist Carroll  Created 800+ paintings​ from 1994 to 2020.

"YOU paid the full price. Thank you!!! I'm your living legacy."

Carroll is "The No Kitsch Artist" from a small rural town where being outbid in a global context didn't matter.

Only "Bad Guys" wore a mask, all y'all!

(Don't be fooled)  八百八十八

2021 © BELL-C

                   Carroll's first book, Ode to Joy (2013). The ceremonial first book off press was sent to HSM The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I. The HSM letter is on this web site.

                   The books were beautifully printed by Imago New York. ​Note: 99.3% (2,600 of 2,618) of the First Edition books were donated to non-profits.

                   Who'd ever have guessed a freshwater biologist and athlete would become an accomplished artist?

" '...and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.' "​  (Kevin Costner, Bull Durham, 1988)

That stabilizes your wooden boat, gives you a partner riding fences in a storm, and gives

me a best, best friend who cycles, hikes, and her voice dances with good angels."

​​Carroll, an enigmatic artist to many, but not a few