Passionate about all things mountain and desert, Carolyn travels the Western US with her husband, Erwin, a Professional Tour Operator, and paints En Plein Air while he hikes and climbs. “This gives me many great painting opportunities as well as the opportunity to pass on my love of the great outdoors and painting En Plein Air!”.
Carolyn began studying oil painting as a child at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Later, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, She studied under Master Western Artist, Tim Tanner, for two years of private mentorship. She also took classes with several accomplished Plein Air artists and determined that LANDSCAPE PAINTING WAS FOR HER!!!
She was selected as one of Teton Valley’s Women of 2012 for her art. Carolyn was featured in Western Art Collector Magazines June 2013 issue, and was awarded a First Place at the 2015 Las Vegas Helldorado Days Art Show & Sale. And, in 2017 and now again 2019. She was invited to participate in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Plein Air Etc! sponsored by Plein Air Magazine in Jackson, Wyoming.
Carolyn was also invited to participate in the 28th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oils Wet Paint Competition by Oil Painters of America of which she is as member, Paint San Clemente California Exhibit and Quick Paint, Spring City Utah’s Annual Plein Air Festival including Wet Paint Competition, and Plein Air in the Parks “Painting Moran’s Yellowstone” among other events in 2019. Carolyn is a member of Oil Painters of America, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the Sedona Arts Center, Mountain Artist’s Guild-Arizona Southern Utah Artist’s Guild.
My greatest joy…becoming a part of your life through my art.
“I feel the journey from being a good artist to a great artist is made shorter by using exceptional supplies such as Michael Harding’s Handmade Oils. They will immediately enhance a work with a color brilliance and their sustainability means paintings won’t fade over time like those painted with lesser quality paints. I have some paintings from early on in my career that this has happened to and it is such an unnecessary shame. Also, I can say they make the job of painting easier because of their consistency. This is why I am happy to offer them to new artists on our Hiking & Painting Tours!!”