Carollyn is a West Australian artist who has taken inspiration from her childhood country background whilst living in Lake King, where the land and lakes extend as far as the eye can see. Visiting many outback WA country towns such as Cue and Mt Magnet, Carollyn has also crossed the Nullabor several times, including one journey on the back of a motorbike! She has experienced extensive overseas travel to Europe, Asia and New Zealand, places which have been highly inspirational in the content of her work.
The vast open spaces of the lakes and the effect of the sun on the landscape have become an integral part of her work. Colour, texture and the use of light are very important elements of her paintings as they promote a sense of space, atmosphere and mood. Preferring to work predominantly in acrylics and mixed media, Carollyn enjoys layering the paint to create a 3D effect, enabling one to enter and move through the painting.
Carollyn began her artistic journey due to an accident in her last year of primary school, where she almost lost her foot - and has painted ever since. The people who have influenced and encouraged her in the field of painting are her mum, Nancy Rhodes and artist mentors of note, the late Elizabeth Ford, Gareth Morse and Tom Gleghorn from South Australia.
She passionately believes that everyone can paint because it is not only the ‘seeing’ sense that is required to paint, but all of the senses working together.
Carollyn says, ‘look beyond what you think you see.’
Look at it… Walk through it… Touch it… Take part in it…Live it…..
Taste it… Collect it… Smell it….Listen to it… Feel it… Know it… Enjoy it…
Then, when it’s inside… and you just know it’s a part of you… then… Paint it!!!!.
For over 30 years, Carollyn has worked as a classroom teacher and an Art Specialist in preschool, primary and secondary schools, and with adults both Australia-wide and internationally. She enjoys variety in life, this being evident in her painting as her style and subject matter is very diverse.
She has exhibited works in many shows throughout Western Australia, with paintings sold to private collections in Hong Kong, New Zealand and to the State Trades Commission of Western Australia. Currently, Carollyn is working on a huge art project called AquaTa related to water awareness throughout Australia, with the intention of involving many schools and communities.
Life is so exciting and full of new and boundless opportunities that there is no stopping this lady now.
She has stepped off the edge of the cliff and is now in full flight!!