Described as a painter’s painter, Caroline Rust creates intriguing surface assemblages with deconstructed textiles she enriches through the use of expressionistic paint application. In a synthesis of emotion and intellect, her works of art use garments as a foundation, in metaphor to contemplate the human condition, reflect qualities of the feminine, and explore identity. Viewers discover layers of nuanced meaning and observe the complexity of surface both literally and figuratively in work that is both personal and universal. Rust's artworks are featured in national exhibitions and procured by international and national collectors. To her credit, she has achieved numerous awards for her work, has a personal commitment to the arts community, and has accomplishments as a teacher of art and design at the college level.