Recognized in the Washington, DC area as a surrealistic painter, in addition to a mixed-media sculptor and an art educator for over 20 years, Carolyn returned to her native North Carolina to continue her creative lifestyle.
Using bright acrylic colors and frequently mixed-media, Carolyn brings her own imaginative interpretations of birds, nature, and her love of the sea and sky to the canvas. Nationally recognized artists and museum curators have juried her works for inclusion in national shows.
Carolyn was selected from over 1,400 national and international artists by the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts, to participate with 150 artists to paint individual large scale sculptures exhibited in Washington. She was affiliated for many years with the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). Her original works have been exhibited in the Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, the Target Gallery associated with the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA, and the Joanne Rose Gallery, Reston, VA. Other works are included in private collections primarily on the east coast, nationally and internationally.
Since relocating to NC, Carolyn has continued painting with an interest in nature. When she first arrived, excited by the ocean and the incredible NC skies she painted realistic sea shells and birds in surrealistic settings. Her more recent work includes some Pop Art and an ongoing series using wooden mannequins. She uses multi-level canvases and found and constructed objects. ON THE EDGE was recently exhibited in a juried show at the Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Carolyn currently does not exhibit in galleries unless it is a special show. She had been developing a body of work for several years to be exhibited in the future. She most recently was invited to participate in the ARTISTS AND CHARITIES HAND IN HAND exhibition in West Palm Beach, FLA. where she chose to exhibit her new works.
She has exhibited at the Cameron Art Museum in the State of the Art exhibition and the Arboretum, Wilmington, NC in addition to the Figments Gallery.
Carolyn complemented her Masters of Art degree from East Carolina University with further studies in France and Taiwan. She continues to be a private art educator to children and adults and is a docent at the Cameron Art Museum, with a great love for sharing her knowledge and experiences of being an artist.