Carole Jean Harris Coffman was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on June 19, 1936, to Lionel James Harris and Tirzah Mary Infanger. She was the oldest of four children. She attended school in Pocatello and American Falls, where she excelled in art classes and was known as the ‘school artist.’
Carole and her husband, Harvey, met at a dance at the Deleta Ballroom in Pocatello and were married on June 19, 1953, in Pocatello. Later their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
In their early years Carole and Harvey lived in Virginia during the Korean War, where Harvey served in the Army. It was during this time they enjoyed seeing sights in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Carole was a self-taught fine arts oil portrait and wildlife artist. She painted her first oil painting when she was 15. In the early 1970s she entered her artwork in The National Wildlife and Western Art Show in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. She won first place in her division and received national recognition and an invitation to spend a summer painting in Paris, France.
Later, she traveled with her husband to Charolais cattle shows to show her artwork while Harvey competed in show cattle competition. Carole’s original artwork was sold at art galleries in Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah and other regional galleries to collectors and investors. Today her artwork can be found throughout the nation in homes, corporate and private collections and in other countries throughout the world. She was commissioned by Leanin’ Tree Art Publishers to paint a special piece of the famous Indian, Pocahontas. On another occasion, Wink Martindale of Hollywood, California, game show fame, called to offer Carole a business proposition to sell her art prints on a national home shopping network show.
From the trustees of the National Museum Of Women In The Arts in Washington, D.C., the only museum “honoring history’s great women artists,” came a nomination and invitation for Carole’s membership.
In spite of the various honors and accolades, Carole cherished most the eight or nine Spectator’s Choice Awards she won locally from the viewing public at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.