Carol Baxter Kirby, a native Georgian and a leader in the field of portraiture, is among the most sought after and acclaimed portrait artists in America today. Ms. Kirby’s intimately portrayed paintings have been honored by her peers at the national level with numerous awards and recognized for outstanding accomplishments in televised media and press. A commitment to the highest standard and a love for people has led to hundreds of commissions that are on display in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Ms. Kirby was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Governor Roy E. Barnes, which hangs in the Georgia State Capitol and later commissioned to paint his portrait for the University of Georgia “Hall of Governors”.
Receiving her B.A. from Georgia State University, Ms. Kirby has also studied with modern masters including Nelson Shanks, Marc Chatov and Richard Whitney. Ms. Kirby is an enthusiastic supporter of arts education and enjoys inspiring other artists by conducting workshops and writing articles on portrait painting. She has served on the Advisory Board of Portrait Brokers of America and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the oldest portrait art organization in the country, and is a member of the prestigious Hudson Valley Art Association and the Portrait Society of America.
In 2007, Kirby was the top commissioned artist represented by Portrait Brokers of America. She is currently represented by Portraits Inc. and Portraits South. Ms. Kirby and her husband live in Mableton, Georgia and have a strong commitment to their family, church and community.