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The Artists

Hi, Welcome to Collections by Carol...

Artist Statement:

Roy and I are photographers, environmentalists, wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists who are passionate about photographing the vast depth of nature, its landscapes and the wildlife within it. We love to be out in the field armed with our cameras waiting, observing and capturing fleeting moments within the landscape or encountering wildlife interactions. Our art is inspired by our love of nature and photography. We want to inspire our observers with intimate and engaging moments with flora and fauna and breathtaking natural landscapes. We hope our passion to share our travels and observations showcases the expansiveness of the beautiful world we live in; fosters a deeper connection and appreciation for the natural world; and calls you to advocate for the future of our wildlife and the planet.

Artist Bibliography:

Carol and Roy Toepke are a husband and wife photography team. They have lived in Wisconsin all their lives and currently reside in Fremont, WI. Both are self taught photographers and started their business in Collections by Carol in 2008.  Each year they invest in continuing education by attending seminars and workshops all over the World. The most recent travels being in 2023 when they traveled in June to both Scotland and Ireland with Krisztina Scheff of KS Nature Photography Tours and again in September to Svalbard with Wild Photo Tours abourd the MS Virgo with Professional Arctic Guides: Yves Adams and Eirik Gronning.

The couple has loved exploring their home state of Wisconsin capturing wildlife, lighthouses, tall ships and more. They are also actively working on their US National Parks Collection. With all the images they have captured of their beautiful home state they have contributed over 15 years of imagery to Our Wisconsin Magazine.

While Wisconsin provides the opportunity to capture many stunning moments  They are also actively working on their US National Parks Collection.  In addition Carol and Roy look forward to larger trips out of the country twice a year. Their most recent trips to Ireland, Scotland and Svalbard provided a stunning array of both landscape and wildlife photographs. They are currently planning to travel to South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand in the later part of 2024 and look forward to photographing landscapes, wildlife and birds while there. 

Carol and Roy currently showcase their photography at gallery exhibitions, farmers markets and art events. You can find their photography on display and for sale at the Gallery and Frame Shop in Fond du Lac, WI where they have shown their images for over 15 years. 

Carol and Roy are members and active participants in WVA - Wisconsin Visual Artist, FDLAA - Fond Du Lac Artists Association, TVA - Thelma Sadoff Visual Artists, the Art Connective with Alexis Arnold and Art Dose Magazine's Artists Directory with Frank Juarez.  As they are environmental conservationist artists, they support the Friends of the Apostles Islands National Park, Friends of the Sax Zim Bog and the World Wildlife Fund. 

Artist Contact Information: 

Carol and Roy ToepkeCV or Resume
Collections by Carol
504 Theodore Street
Fremont, WI   54940 

http://www.collectionsbycarol.com 
carol_toepke@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/CollectionsbyCarol https://www.instagram.com/caroltoepke
https://www.linkedin.com/in/collectionsbycarol

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Roy at the Ice Caves - Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Roy on rocks in Glacier National Park

 Roy capturing images of the Brown Bears of Lake Clark National Park

Our group taking images of the Brown Bears of Lake Clark National Park

RECOMMENDATIONS

Carol is an innovative, thoughtful artist with her eye on the trends! Her "Cards as Art" is a brilliant idea whose time has come, and a fantastic way to highlight her beautiful photography. (If you're in the Fox Cities, you'll find Carol wherever art is sold - in boutiques, street fairs and art scenes! Go go Carol! :)

Mel Kolstad

First degree connection

Owner and artist at melkolstad.co

Mel worked with Carol and Roy on the same team

Carol's work and attitude are professional. She is a hard worker and is capable of capturing breathtaking images. I would recommend her to get the job done.

Grace Marie Matson

First degree connection

Grace Marie worked with Carol and Roy but they were at different companies

Carol's work is cute, clever, and creative!

Merri Kriewall

First degree connection

Homemaker

Merri was Carol and Roy’s client


I've known Carol and her husband Roy for over 20 years. Both of them put "fun in the work they do" which shows in the passion and quality of their art work. Carol's eye for capturing her subject is truly a gift. Be sure and follow Carol's work and make a point of catching one of their shows. I promise you you'll go home with some great photographic art work that will bring joy to you, your family and friends.

Steven R. Schmudlach

First degree connection

Retired President, CEO. / Board Member

March 14, Steven R. worked with Carol and Roy but they were at different companies

I urge you to take a look at Carol's work. Her pictures are artistically done and capture views most of us do not see. Her pictures make you want to be there. She truly makes photography a beautiful art fo

Denny Scharine

First degree connection

Dr. at Denis C Scharine DDS SC

February 14, Carol and Roy were Denny’s client


Carols work is exemplary. She is a true professional with a wonderful imagination and work ethic, which reflects highly in her end product.

Suze Weinberg

First degree connection

Owner, Suze Weinberg Design Studio Inc.

Suze worked with Carol and Roy but they were at different companies

Carol is a self driven, conscientious, hard working, and insightful person who excels in photography. She works very well with people, concentrating on listening to what each person says and bringing those thoughts and ideas into a great understanding of what will best meet the needs of the people around her. Then she charges into producing what is needed to satisfy the customer, demonstrating a clear vision into new and different angles that make her work unique and refreshing.   I've enjoyed working around her because she is always positive and ready to lay into the tasks facing the group. Her efforts are organized and efficient making it easy for others to work with her.

Steve Edwards

First degree connection

Owner, Only employee at Edventures, LLC

Steve worked with Carol and Roy but on different teams


Carol was a vendor at a local farmer's market I managed. I was impressed by her beautiful work, her method of displaying the work, and positive attitude

Kim Biedermann

First degree connection

Principal Transportation Planner / Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at East Central Wisconsin

Regional Planning Commission


Carol has a creative eye for detail and captures everything from captivating landscapes to ordinary subjects in an extraordinary way.

Nancy Olson

First degree connection

Freelance Graphic Designer

February 14, Nancy was Carol and Roy’s client

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