Carolyn was born in a small town in Eastern Ontario, studied interior design at the University of Manitoba and moved to Toronto upon graduating. She has worked in the fields of interior design and construction and is currently a successful commercial real estate professional.
In 2015, Carolyn realized that although she was a very creative person, nothing she was doing was creative. She decided to change that, began taking art classes, spent weekends and evenings painting, and built a ‘Backyard Studio’ with a dream of eventually being a full-time professional artist. Before long, she was participating in juried outdoor shows, and has since actively exhibited in galleries, juried shows and summer art fairs and become a very active volunteer in the art community.
Carolyn’s diverse career and day-to-day life in the financial core provide her with a unique perspective, and strongly influence the subject matter and delivery. She has a passion for cityscapes, abstracts, silhouettes, stamps, stencils and pattern and reconstruction collage and uses courageous, energetic colours and expressive, bold mark making. Her latest series ‘silver linings’ was produced while in lockdown during the pandemic, with layers reflecting the complexity of experiences during that period, a meaningful collection encouraging the positive.
Carolyn participated in the OSA 2020 Emerging Artists Juried Competition, has exhibited her work at numerous Canadian Art Fairs including Riverdale ArtWalk, ArtWalk in the Square, Bayview Studio Tour, QueenWest Art Crawl, North York Visual Artists and North Toronto Group of Artists and recently published work in Ember Chasm Review. She is the Vice-Chair of Artists' Network, a not-for-profit organization that helps artists to be better businesspeople through education, networking and exhibitions and was instrumental in working with the City of Toronto to find the Artists Network a permanent home in 2019. She is a member of Art Tour Collective, North Toronto Group of Artists and Artists’ Network