Wild Shores, Calm Havens - Cornwall
Wild and elemental places, especially on the coast, attracted Carolyn throughout her life. The far West Peninsula in Cornwall was a favourite area to return to over a period of 18 years. Often staying at a farm near Zennor, she would find small ledges below cliffs where she would perch with paints or pastels for hours, capturing the atmosphere of the place and often abstracting into simple form and pattern.
A selection of Carolyn’s Cornish paintings are included in the new exhibition ‘Wild Shores, Calm Havens’ at YEW TREE GALLERY in September and October 2018.
Early Work 1980 – 1995
In the early ‘80s Carolyn was living in Cirencester. She was lent a bolt-hole at Driftcombe, high up in the Slad Valley where she explored and painted whenever possible. Travels to Cumbria, Nepal, Cyprus, Egypt and the Caribbean resulted in oils, watercolours and pastels which were exhibited at galleries in Cumbria, Bath, Stow on the Wold and the Cotswolds, where they sold well.
The Cotswolds & Slad Valley
Carolyn moved to live in Stroud in 1995, at the edge of the Slad Valley which she painted in all seasons and weathers. She spent days discovering hidden niches in other valleys too where old farmsteads often nestled. Several exhibitions annually were held in galleries across Britain, including regular solo shows at Ruskin Mill near Nailsworth where she often gave talks about her work.
Ireland & The Scottish Isles
Iona, Skye and Mull were also frequently visited, the soft rain never inhibiting her from pastelling outdoors!
England - Various Places
Carolyn’s family lived for many years in Suffolk where she seized every opportunity to paint during her visits home.
Carolyn's adventurous travels in Sicily in her post-graduate years and in remote parts of Nepal in 1989 were life-changing experiences and gave new impetus to her work. All paintings in these countries were sold in exhibitions. Almost annually, Carolyn set forth to foreign parts to work, and some she returned to over and over again – in particular the Greek island of Andros. An exhibition at the Hellenic Centre, London, attracted many sales and much interest from its Greek members.
Still Life & Flower Studies
In the last decade Carolyn moved more into abstract painting. She worked at abstracting the descriptive as in her Cornish coast subjects but also, through inner visualization, stimulated by healing sessions with Naturopath Nathan Hughes.