was born and raised in the Peace Country. As the youngest of the
Three Generation Watercolour Artists, she remembers
conversations about watercolour and snoozing in front of art videos
long before she took much interest in painting. She took or
assisted in Judy's art classes for many years and has also had lessons
from Evelyn Harris, Jake Mohl and Jack Reid. Carolyn began
showing her work for the first time at the age of
sixteen and since then has shown in Spirit River, Fairview,
Beaverlodge, Hines Creek and Grande Prairie. She now teaches
watercolour, drawing and kids' art classes in Spirit River and
Fairview, including the watercolour portion of Artists at School
Carolyn has a passion for exploring, especially out of the way, secret
places in the Peace Country. Her paintings are mostly from
expeditions, by sandal or by snowshoe, which are never undertaken
without a camera. She paints landscapes, close-up studies,
wildlife, pets and flowers. It is exciting to put together her
two favourite activities: exploring on foot and in paint. It is
especially fulfilling to achieve a painting that stirs a memory or a
feeling, in herself or in someone else. She says, "I want to
show you the things I cannot see and have you tell me that you
can. No one can
or will experience a painting in the same way the artist does. That's the beauty of watercolour: what you see may even change
from moment to moment as light or perspective alters."
Besides watercolour, Carolyn has painted several murals.
up with a friend, she has painted at local schools and the
library, and even the ceiling of a new house. She and Judy took on a panel of a giant mural in
celebration of Spirit River's centennial in 2006.
Carolyn has an English degree and might put it to use one of these days.
Carolyn and Judy's decade mural of Spirit River