Carol Cabada Kothmann is a founding member of Encina Art Center.  She paints Primarily with oils.

She was born in Alexandria, Va., to George Cabada and Turici May Fjeld Cabada.  Her father was serving in the United States Air Force when he met her mother, a native Norwegian.  Being part of a military family allowed Carol to travel extensively as a child.  By the time she was 11 years old she had lived in Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado, Japan and Okinawa, and Apline and Uvalde, Texas, where the family settled and Carol graduated from high school.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in history from Texas A&M University before marrying Roy M. Kothmann.  They, as both their families had, made their home in Uvalde.

Carol took a job in banking, and later was director of El Progreso Memorial Library.  After taking several years off to raise children, she re-entered the workforce as Lifestyles editor at The Uvalde-Leader-News, where she worked for 17 years, concluding her career as managing editor and earning three consecutive years of general excellence awards for the newspaper.

When her first grandchild was born Carol retired to allow a more flexible schedule.

One of the goals she had for her retirement was to take art classes.  She began painting with acrylics and then sought professional instruction.

“I was truly blessed when Dorothy Redland accepted me as a student and converted me to oil paints as a medium. When Sharron Carnes founded Encina and allowed me to become part of that group, the blessings continued.  The art center has allowed me to become friends with a wonderful and ever-growing community of artists.”