Carol and David lost their home – a fundraiser

Hi everyone,

Carol and David Marine of Daily Paintworks and their 6 yr. old son Jacob lost their home in a terrifying fire yesterday out near Bastrop, Texas. Their entire subdivision was wiped out (up to 300 homes) and the fire is still spreading – it’s currently 16 miles long, 6 miles wide, has covered over 35,000 acres and is moving south towards another town. Today’s forecast of more high winds is bad news for surrounding areas.

[UPDATE: A neighbor confirmed late Monday afternoon that nothing of their home survived. It’s just dirt and ashes. Over 1,300 homes have burned and the fire is only 30% contained as of Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Please see the end of this post for an update on the astounding outpouring of support from the online community — and artists in particular.]

They lived in a cute, little house in the middle of a beautiful pine forest, which is kind of an aberration in Texas. Rolling hills, tall towering trees, orange pine needles everywhere on the ground. All of which made for a lot of tinder, due to an extreme drought and the highest temperatures ever recorded in the state for August.

Here’s an older picture of their house right after they bought it, before they added on a woodshop and studio for Carol. Jacob is a bit bigger now:

My 16 yr. old daughter Maddie and I were visiting them, along with two of Carol’s friends, Karen and Randi. We were sitting around their big table, making earrings and necklaces together; laughing and talking–when a neighbor came over and told us we had to leave right away.

At first, Karen and I went out to the backyard to see and were making jokes about how David had paid off a neighbor to say that, just to get all these crazy women out of his house. We couldn’t see anything over the tall trees. Then Randi went out front and we heard her saying, “Oh my god. Oh my GOD!”

David MarineWhen we stood in the front street, we could see huge clouds of billowing smoke about 200 feet away from us. There wasn’t even enough time for them to take more than their computers. I backed my car through their front yard and up to Carol’s studio, but we didn’t take anything more than a few small paintings of Carol’s. They lost all her art that filled their house.

Carol took their small car and David hooked up their pick-up to their camper, so luckily they have that. They’re currently in a campground and will have to decide where to go from here….

When we finally left, the smoke had changed to black and was much bigger. It was incredibly frightening. Here’s a video that someone shot on YouTube:

They had good insurance, but it will take time for that to all kick in, so I’d like to help them in the meantime.

Please consider making a donation below to help them get back on their feet.

 (The fundraiser is officially over and the Donate button has been removed. Please see the update below for the total raised.).

.It’s true, the most important thing is that they’re safe. They are my extended family and I love them all dearly. But my heart aches for everything they lost – all the mementos, all the memories, their sense of sanctuary.

Thanks for your help. And please say prayers for everyone that lost their house, dear pets, or is still in harm’s way.

With love,


UPDATE: As of mid-day on Friday, Sept. 9th, only five days after the fire, over 300 kind and generous people have donated almost $18,000 to help Carol and David. That’s right: almost EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! You have no idea what this means to them, folks. No idea. They have been moved beyond words and have cried about this more than once — in a good way. :-)

FINAL UPDATE: As of Sept. 20th, the fundraiser was closed, with over $21,000 raised!

Carol and David say thank you, thank you, thank you a million times over for this wonderful expression of love and support from fellow artists and fans of our book.

To see all these incoming links from art blogs far and wide, to see the names of so many NOTB readers and studios and even other daily painting sites online, honestly, it’s blown their minds. It’s really something to be proud of. Y’all are part of something special…. 

You’ve turned a gut-wrenching experience for Carol and David into something affirming, amazing and beautiful….

They can never thank you enough and they will never forget this!


  1. says

    Hi Jennifer, Thanks so much for organizing this. Spoke with Kelley MacDonald early this morning and we were trying to get gift cards up also for those that want to go that route and help. Did not think about doing it this way. So glad you did. Can I get an address to use for those that have gift cards ready to send for them? Please just email me that. Thank you for all you are doing. Kathy Cousart

  2. jenny schultz says

    I am so happy that you have set this up jennifer….also can we painters do a large art auction online? I don’
    t know how to organize that stuff but would love to contribute…..

  3. Debbie Lincoln for Artists of Texas says

    I sent $50 in the name of Artists of Texas – good grief, I cannot believe this is happening! We are fighting them in Erath and Palo Pinto Counties, too…please, Lord, send us some relief….

  4. says

    Thank you for all your messages, Kathy. They are moved beyond belief that so many people are reaching out to them. You can just use the address I sent you and tomorrow I’ll post the P.O. box, once the post office assigns me a number.

    Jenny, thank you, it’s a great idea. I would love to, but they seemed reluctant to want to do that. I’ll ask them again when they come over in a bit….

    Thank you to everyone who’s written privately too!

  5. JenniferJennifer says

    Thank you, Debbie. Very kind of you! And you stay safe too. Fingers crossed that they get a handle on these things…

  6. says

    What a great friend you are to Carol and her family. Nothing can replace all their art and personal momentos but hopefully more artists will be willing to give what they can to aid them in their current need.

  7. says

    Thanks for sharing that they are safe and ok! I only recently came to know Carol’s art and learn from her inspiration and technique. Thanks for organizing the donation link and do keep us posted for auction support opportunities.

  8. says

    Thanks for organizing this! I’ve been thinking of them since I first read of the fire this morning. This is going to a long process and I am sure they are still in shock. I hope the money helps until they are settled again. I want to do whatever I can.

  9. says

    Thank you so much for creating this opportunity to help Carol and David. They do so much for me each day through Carol’s blog and Daily Paintworks and I’m honored to give back to them.

  10. says

    My heart has ached for them all day since hearing the news this morning. They are such a fine family and an inspiration to so many people. I am so glad that Jennifer was able to set this up and hopefully they will have a little nest egg of money and good wishes to help as they work towards their “new beginning”.

  11. says

    Hi Jennifer
    Thank you for setting this donation site up for Carol and David and their family. I did my donation via the link you supplied. However I have some friends who want to mail in a check (and not use paypal or credit card). Is there a mailing address for such and who would they make their checks payable to?
    Thank you so much!
    Denise Hawkins
    Nashville, TN 37205

  12. says

    Hi Jennifer,
    I was so shocked to hear this terrible news.I will gladly donate.
    Thanks for organizing this opportunity to help Carol and David, they have a tough road ahead, my heart goes out to them. I am so glad they are safe.

  13. says

    I’ve been following Carol’s work for awhile and so admire it. Although I don’t know her and her family personally, I can’t imagine how devasting it would be to have to go through this. I’m happy to contribute a donation.

  14. says

    What a kind soul you are to take care of David and Carol and Jacob during this awful time.
    I want to send Carol a care package of props from my studio. She is the dearest girl and the most wonderful painter. This is the least I can do.

  15. Lee Ekland says

    Thank you Jennifer for making it so easy for us to help.

    I would also like to contribute some things to Carol’s future studio. Can you tell us where we can send them?


  16. jenny schultz says

    Thanks Jennifer-just let us know if they change their mind about an art sale…..both of them have helped us emerging artists so much through the years that we all just want to do anything we can. Please give them hugs from us all and keep us posted-you are such a sweet soul to be doing all of this-thank you!

  17. says

    Jennifer, Thank you for giving us way to help Carol, David and Jacob. Please keep reminding them that they are SO loved, and please keep us posted on ways to help. Thank you again. Laurel

  18. says

    I’ve been worrying Carol as soon as I heard there was a fire in Bastrop. Please tell Carol my home is open to her and her family if she needs a shower or a meal or a place to paint. I live in south Austin, so far safe from fires. Please please tell her I’m serious. Thank you for doing this Jennifer.

  19. says

    Thank you for having the idea to do this. I am certain that Carol and David will feel buoyed by everyone’s concern and care. Seeing the You Tube video made it clear how frightening it must have been.

  20. says

    I am happy to help. Carol has been so willing to share with artists and others. She is a great example of grace and charity herself. God bless her family and all the others who have been displaced from the fire.

  21. Diane J. Wong says

    Jennifer, thank you so much for organizing this. My heart goes out to Carol and her family, and I’m happy to contribute and help in some way. Sending love and good wishes to the Marine family and to the many others who have lost their homes in the fire. Best, Diane

  22. leigh sparks says

    Im sooo sorry and send all my love and best wishes. I spent many happy mornings eating waffles with Carol and Jacob at the Sedona workshop.. All of us veterans of the Santa Barbara fires are with you. Carol, if you would like to talk to an artist who lost every in our fire , his name is Rick Garcia. Ill pass this info to him. XOXOXO Leigh

  23. says

    dear jennifer,

    how dreadful for them and everyone else! i am so sorry to hear this. thank you for making it easy for us to help. God bless Carol, her family and everyone who is suffering and afraid in this terrible fire.

  24. says

    So sad this has happened to them and all the others who lost homes. Thanks for setting up a place to make donations to help.
    Sending positive thoughts and hoping Texas gets it’s badly needed rain soon.

  25. says

    Thank you for organizing this. A wonderful idea! I just donated some via PayPal. Not much, but something, hope it helps a little. So sad. My heart goes out to all the people who have lost so much in this fire, as well as the animals, the firefighters, EMTs, etc. I hope it rains on them very soon!

  26. says

    Jennifer, thanks for setting this up so that we can help! I can’t imagine the terror, the video was too close for comfort….Having previously lived in southern Cal. taught me how fast those wild fires can spread. Until you see it, it’s hard to fathom! I’m so relieved they are safe & well, and thanks again for setting this up! I’ll spread the word as I’m able. Praying for rain, and the safety of all those displaced by this fire.

  27. Corinne Murphy says

    Jennifer, OMG, this is one of the most horrible things I’ve heard and seen in a long time. I literally couldn’t breathe as I read their news, and then last night I saw film on the national news and it was even more horrible than one could possibly fathom. But don’t they just have the most amazing attitude?! They’re both wonderful people and this will, in fact, be “a new adventure” as David said. It’ll be a long process, but I know they know they’re loved by so very many people and that we won’t let them down. And I’m sure when all is said and done, Carol will have her dream studio and David will have all the ‘work room’ he needs to continue to build this wonderful thing they’ve started. God bless them and all the others who have lost everything. Corinne

  28. Blanche NIznik says

    Hi Jennifer,

    I was in one of your first online classes and follow your blog as well as Carol’s. I will watch for the P.O.BOX and send a check. Wishing the Marine family the best, that’s all of you!


  29. says

    What a tragedy for so many! Thank you, Jennifer, for setting this up for Carol’s huge family of followers to help out.
    I’m happy to hear they got away with a few things and, of course, are all safe. No one is ever prepared to lose everything in a house fire.
    I hope the weather in Texas gets wetter soon.

  30. says

    Hello opened the bad news about Carol and her family.
    If you send me a address snail mail, I will send a donation.
    Life is tough as it is, even tougher for us artists.
    Geeze! one never realizes the small world, until news like this
    is sent. Dang! no ones art life is immune to bad happenings.
    Thanks for setting up the fundraiser.
    Bob Ragland-artist in Denver

  31. Judy Silver says

    My heart goes out to Carol and her family for the terrible loss they have suffered. I don’t know Carol personally but feel connected by my subscription to her e-mail paintings which are always a joy to behold. I vicariously enjoyed the building of her studio through her photos of the process and it is unbelievable to think that it is gone now. I am happy to make a small contribution towards a new start for them.

  32. Nancy says

    I lost my home in a fire – came home from vacation and it was burned to the ground so I know what Carol and David are going thru. They will have a nightmare of paperwork to complete for the insurance company, itemizing each and every thing they lost. Literally every item, the age and the cost of their contents. My advice would be to round up any and all photos that might be out there (internet, i.e. kodak gallery, etc.) that can help them with the invetory list they will have to make. It will take an excruciating amount of time. It’s also helpful if family and friends who have photos of them can make prints or albums, because that is one of the hardest things to loose, the memories. My kids were 2 and 6 when we lost our home – it helped when people gave them stuffed animals and other comforting items. It’s hard to hear people say things like “it’s just stuff” because it was YOUR stuff, even if you know it is just stuff and you are grateful no one was hurt. Believe me, you will overcome this, but it will stink for a long, long time. I still refer to “before the fire” and “after then fire” after nearly 10 years. Best wishes.

  33. says

    I have been thinking of Carol and her family constantly and wishing them well. Now, I’m so thankful that you have provided us all with a small way to help. Our hearts are aching for them to feel relief and comfort. I’ll be adding this link any where I can. I hope they can find strength in each other and know that there are soooo many people sending love their way!

  34. Deanna Lovesmith says

    We are praying for your family. Thank you for setting up a way to help. We have sent something specifically from our little boy to yours.

  35. Pamela Kay says

    My heart breaks to hear of the loss of your home and new studio. I will keep you close in thought and prayer during this most difficult time. May God bless and keep you safe as you rebuild.

  36. says

    Thank you Jennifer for setting this up. I’m glad to donate to help Carol and David. Please let us know how if you are safe. After reading Carol’s post I wondered how you were doing. I just heard that pines are not common in your area, but they are like tinder boxes in dry times. Stay safe.

  37. says

    Carol and David,
    You are in my prayers. Wish I lived closer so I could do more for you than just send money. You are loved by so many whose lives you have touched. Take courage and know lots of prayers are going up for you!
    Karen Werner

  38. says

    Jennifer, this is a wonderful thing to do.

    It is so sad when something like this happens. Prayers are with you, Carol. Thank you for what you have given me in my life. You and David.

  39. Pam Holnback says

    Thank you so much Jennifer for organizing this. We all want some way to help those, the Marines, who have helped all of us, and now we can.

  40. says

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for setting up this fundraising site for Carol and David. What heart-breaking news. How I wish New Orleans could have sent over the drenching we just got from the tropical storm. All the pictures I remember seeing of Carol’s studio christening and their lovely home in Bastrop make this all the more poignant. Please let them know that there is an army of us out in DPWland who are praying for them as they rebuild their lives – wherever that may take them. May God be with them and Jacob.

    Sending many healing thoughts and prayers from New Orleans,
    Patti Adams

  41. says

    Exactly one year ago today, I lost my entire studio, home – everything, in the Four Mile Fires above Boulder. We got out in just 20 minutes with our dogs and our lives. One year later, we are living in an orchard and I have 9 new paintings.Life is “re-weaving”. My heart absolutely aches for Carol and David. I have only recently discovered Carol’s wonderful paintings and have found great inspiration and joy from the wonderful emails. Thank you, Carol, for sharing your amazing work with us.
    I know life is unbelievable and raw right now, I wish you peace, and all good things. I know you will find your way through this awful time.
    Sending hugs to you and your family.
    Jennifer, thanks for setting up this site, I will find out where to send a gift card.

  42. says

    Could there be a more perfect example of “you reap what you sow”? Look at Carol’s last blog entry before the news of fire! What else? It’s her’s and David’s call to help raise funds for the tragedy in Africa!!! The Marines were in the process of giving what they will now be receiving. Love, caring, generosity. Full circle. Beautiful example for all of us!

  43. says

    I took Carol’s workshop in August in Wisconsin. I fell in love with her! She is a remarkable woman, a fantastic artist and is an incredible teacher. We all had the best week together, all because of Carol. I am glad to donate to help get Carol, David and Jacob back up and running…prayers to all in Texas!
    Beth Bathe

  44. Theresa Bayer says

    Thanks for setting up this fund raising; glad to help! We wish Carol & David all the best, to prevail despite this hardship.

  45. Suzanne Jobe says

    I was so sad to hear this about one of my favorite people. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you and your family. We learned so much at the March workshop at Dena’s and I’m glad for the chance to give to you after you give so much of yourself! Suzanne (I guess I need to find you another green bottle)

  46. says

    My prayers go out to Carol and her family and everyone who lost their homes or animals or loved ones in this horrible fire.
    You are a good friend to set up this fund, isn’t facebook wonderful sometimes! I’m glad to help a little.
    As a community we help each other and that’s what life is about and Carol exemplifies that in all of her work helping so many.
    I wish for them all that they need to rebuild wherever they choose.
    Terry Meehan

  47. Denise Petit says

    Dear Carol and family:
    I can’t even imagine what it must be like to have lost so much. Thankfully, you and your family are well.
    Your workshop I attended in Jacksonville a year or so ago was so great, it has very positively affected my work and I am forever thankful.
    I have sent a contribution to help, even if in a small way, to start recovering, and my thoughts will be with you ! Denise.

  48. says

    I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Carol yet, but know of her through my talented friend Laurel Daniel. Our home is on the opposite side of Austin, and very near a smaller fire that took homes in Steiner Ranch. As a painter, I found that all I packed were the two dozen family scrapbooks. After that, I had room only the most precious: children and pets. We are saddened by Carol and David’s loss, and grateful to have a small way to help. My husband has done the same thing for a musician friend of ours who lost everything, even his beloved dogs, in the Bastrop conflagration. We will keep the Marines in our hearts and prayers.

  49. says

    After following Carole’s work for a couple of years I feel like I know her! Carol, I’m sorry that you & your family have lost your home, and I wish you the best in getting back on your feet. You are a very a warm and wonderful person.

  50. says

    I am so very sorry for your loss, but I am so thankful you all made it out OK. Please know you have a lot of people who are concerned and care about you and your family. You guys will get back on your feet. I watched a couple of videos about the fire and it was so frightening! – I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be in it.
    Just hang on… each day will get better. Thanks for the update, and please keep us posted on things.

  51. says

    So sorry to hear this about Carol. I hadn’t checked her blog in a while so it was pretty shocking. Hope she and her family can rebuild quickly. Our thoughts are with her.

  52. suzanne hoffman says

    I’ve never even met Carol, but the generosity of her blog says so much about who she is. I send my wishes that she and her family, and all those who have been impacted by these terrifying fires, find safety and comfort.

  53. says

    All of our hearts go out to Carol, David and all their neighbors. It was wonderful of you to organize a fundraiser for the Marines. Will the funds raised ever be published? I think it’s a fabulous idea and with the internet and all of us following Carol’s blog and the Daily Paintworks blog it should be an incredibly successful endeavor.

  54. says

    It is hard to imagine what this means to a family and an artist. My heart goes out to Carol, her family and the others who have lost so much, especially in these difficult days. If Carole has her favorite books she lost, maybe I have can replace some out of my library. Praying that Carol and her family will be blessed beyond expectations.

  55. says

    Carol, David and Jacob we hold you in our prayers as well as all the others in Texas who have experienced these devastating fires. So glad Jennifer that you have set up this site so we can reach out to help. Sending a huge hug to the Marine family.

  56. sandy says

    Thank you so much for setting this up.

    “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” PSALM 30:5

    The Marines are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I truly can’t imagine what they are going through. My prayers will be for their comfort through such a difficult time.

  57. Andrea Crain says

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I’ll be thinking of this family and hoping they recover from the loss quickly!

  58. says

    Thank you, Jennifer, for setting up this site. I have never met Carol & David but I’m so grateful for David’s techy tips and sales advice on the DPW site and for Carol’s blog – her ART! Wishing all of you peace during this transition.

  59. says

    I’m pleased, but not surprised, at the donations for Carol and David (and Jacob)! I was talking to my husband about it and he asked what I had donated… and I was not surprised at this either, but he told me to double it. When people lose everything…. how can you not give everything you can?

  60. says

    So wonderful that you set this up for Carol and David. I just discovered their terrible loss. I admire both Carol and David, have followed their contributions to the art world. I wish the family a wonderful future in Oregon. Glad I could help out in a very small way.

  61. says

    Yes, Jennifer, thanks for organizing this easy way to give back to Carol and David. She has inspired me in so many ways over the years and so appreciate her passion for art, people and ways to make the ordinary so special.

  62. says

    wow. Thank you for sharing this site and ways we can help the Marine family. I don’t know them, but of them and Carol’s beautiful work. What a loss. Thank you for making it easy for others to help them.

  63. says

    Thank you for helping us help. I am in the middle of creating my blog and joining Daily Paint Works. I have been watching Daily Paint Works for several months and was just getting ready to jump in. I love Carol’s work and I thank you so much for letting us help.

  64. Loretta Sharpe says

    I am a firefighter and you’d think I’d be used to this by now, but since I am mainly in the woods I rarely see the human side of this terrible side of fire. I am determined to make more of an effort to protect my house in the woods. I wept through the entire youtube video. Thanks for making it possible to donate easily.


  65. says

    Your art has inspired me so much. I love grabbing a minute to read your daily blog…I savor it like my morning java. I am still in shock to hear about what happened, I can not imagine how you and your family feels. Purple skies lay ahead. You are in my thoughts.

  66. EllieB says

    I listened to Carol’s interview on Artists Helping Artists and was very inspired. Check in on her work every so often–hope to take a workshop some day. She is gifted and she, David, and Jacob will come through this whole, especially with all the real help and good wishes.

  67. says

    So happy to donate to your family – you have been so helpful to me. Glad to hear you’re moving to Oregon too………….because, it seems as though it’s what you always wanted to do. Isn’t that what they call fate?!


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