Carolyn Kollegger

Historic Death Valley Charcoal Kilns 9x12, Oil on Linen Panel

Carolyn is passionate about all things mountain, desert, and ocean! Inspired by the smells of woodsmoke, sage and salt air! She travels the West and desert Southwest as well as internationally, painting En Plein Air while her husband Erwin, a native of Switzerland , hikes and climbs.

“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!!”

Carolyn began studying oil painting at 10 years of age at the Butler Institute of American Art, a world renowned art museum located in Youngstown, Ohio, and spent the rest of her life pursuing art. Living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, She studied under a Master Western Artist for two years of private mentorship. She also took classes with several accomplished Plein Air artists and arrived at the ah-ha moment and decision to focus on Landscape & Wildlife art.

While selling art all along the way, some of Carolyn’s career highlights are:

Being elected into the prestigious art organization, the Salmagundi Club in New York City,  as well as the American Artists Professional League, being selected a Best Emerging Artist of 2020 by Destig International Art & Travel Magazine, and was chosen to be a Brand Ambassador for Michael Harding Handmade Oil Paints, a luxury boutique purveyor in England. Additionally, she was selected one of Teton Valley’s Women of the Year for art, was featured in Western Art Collector Magazine and has been invited numerous times to participate in the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s “Plein Air Etc!” sponsored by Plein Air magazine. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, travels internationally teaching and leading oil painting workshops.

Carolyn is a member of the Salmagundi Club, American Artists Professional League, Oil Painters of America, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Artists in Action and Salem Art Association.

Carolyn’s greatest honour and privilege is becoming a part of people’s lives through her art!

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