Art has always been part of Carolyn’s life. As a child she felt an affinity for nature and animals and that inspired her to draw all that she loved. In those days you would find her either drawing, reading or playing out in the woods with her cousins and family dogs. She loved life, baseball players and horses. The need to create was never too far from her mind but life took her in another direction.
Carolyn was born in Sewickley, PA and lived there until she came to Cambridge, MA to attend Radcliffe College where she majored in English literature. She received her master’s degree in social work at Boston University. She worked as a psychotherapist for many years with a break while her children were young. In the late 90’s Carolyn attended program at the Shalem Institute in MD and became a spiritual director. She led several workshops and retreats at the Franciscan Center in Andover, MA dealing with the connection between art and spirituality as well as using art as a form for prayer.
It is the exploring and expression of the inner self that paved Carolyn’s artistic love. She now creates lush abstracts where the imagery will come out as magic and once again nature and animals are at the base of these works. When Carolyn explored working with clay she loved that tactile feeling of working with her hands and the materials, she now creates small sculptures of animals and figures. In painting, her favorite medium is acrylic because it allows her to be more spontaneous and applying more layers without waiting long hours for it to dry.
She took numerous classes at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence.
“Drawing and painting the things that I love has always been part of my life. I also have used artistic expression to process my inner feelings. I never thought of myself as an artist but just have thought of my art as something that I need to do.
Although I take things in primarily visually, in recent years, I have discovered the joy of the tactile experience of creating small clay sculptures with my hands.
Most recently, I have begun to paint abstractly finding this mode as the most direct connection to my true self. I approach my work intuitively, giving more attention to the process than to the finished work. The joy for me is in the act of creating which becomes almost meditative.
Not surprisingly nature, animals and people keep appearing in my paintings.”