Carolyn Caldwell is an artist and workshop instructor who recently moved to Helena, Montana. A third generation Montanan, she attended high school in Great Falls but has lived elsewhere most of her life. She attended college in Washington, California and France before graduating from the University of Montana. She went on to obtain advanced degrees from Boston College and Boston Architectural College. She lived in the US Virgin Islands for 16 years practicing architecture and living on a sailboat. Turning to painting from architecture, she made her home and studio in a one room schoolhouse in Deer Isle, Maine for 14 years.
She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and Pastel Painters of Maine. She has taught pastel workshops in Italy, Cape Cod, Maine and more recently at the Holter Museum of Art. She has been awarded month long artist residencies in Vermont, Portugal and Senegal.
Primarily a landscape painter, she works in pastels, oils, and acrylics. She is passionate about preserving natural landscapes and works with land trusts to protect areas of natural beauty. You can see more of her work at www.carolyncaldwell.com
I love the landscape and thrive on travel when I can keep exploring what's around the next bend of the road. Moving back to Montana from Maine I am inspired by the wide vistas and power of the land and mountains here.
What interests me most are the abstract patterns of light and shadow that happen when the sun is at a low angle. I'm not out to paint pretty pictures but to convey the profound beauty in dark masses and the illuminated curves of hilltops or the light on a field of grass.
I work in both pastel and oils. Using pure pigment pastel sticks on sanded surfaces gives a velvety texture that conveys subtleties and uses a direct drawing approach. Oils allow me to mix colors in a wider range than pastels. I seem to go back and forth between the two mediums, not having a favorite but appreciating the different characteristic of each, the way black makes white seem whiter.
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