Caroline Wampole is a writer, artist, musician, and performer who lives and works in Western Massachusetts. Born in New York City, she grew up in Cambridge, MA, in a creative and chaotic family. At age 11, her bohemian artist mother let her miss six weeks of school to tour with a theater company in Belgium. Caroline’s fate as a lifelong creative was sealed.
After college, Caroline moved to California and co-founded the rock group Big Soul as a bass player, singer and songwriter. She co-wrote and sang Big Soul's "Le Brio," which became a radio hit in France, and led to the band having a platinum record in France in the 1990s.
In 2002, Caroline chose to let go of the grind of life on the road as a touring musician. She moved to Paris, and for the next six years, applied herself to intensive art studio work and sketching in museums and parks around Europe. She became known in the expat community for her colorful and quirky acrylic portraits, which led to solo and group shows in Paris, and portrait commissions for people from Hong Kong to San Francisco.
After her return to the U.S. in 2009, Caroline continued to exhibit her artwork and paint commissions. She also taught a weekly painting class in her studio that attracted students of all ages. In 2013, she became a producer and editor with Story Eyed Media, a video production company founded by her filmmaker husband Cedric Pilard.
Caroline is currently at work on a memoir about her life as a rock musician in France. She has read excerpts from her memoir at SF Litquake, Book Passage, and The Belize Writers Conference, and performed them as a one-woman show at San Francisco's Stagewerx Theater.