About Carolyn...

  Artist's Statement
Watercolor fascinates me with its challenge of maintaining a balance between control and spontaneity. I always have a plan, but I try to allow for the unexpected nuances that appear when paint and water mingle. The mystery and moods that light and shadow lend to works of art and the interesting shapes created by cast shadows have been the subject of many of my landscape and still life paintings. Although my works are rendered in a realistic manner, they are first designed in the abstract. Rich colors and strong value are hallmarks of my watercolors. Teaching and sharing my knowledge with others has been a driving force in my career as a professional.

Education - B.A. Art Education, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ; Graduate studies in Art, Univ. Cal., Berkeley and Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. Workshops with other noted artists.

Awards - Recipient of more than 100 awards locally and nationally including the Grumbacher Gold Medal. Finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition ‘91, ‘95, and ‘97 (over 10,000 entries each).

Achievements – Founder and first President of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists art society, participated in The U.S. International Arts in the Embassies Program; received a grant to paint in Dinan, Fr., June 1997; painting selected for exhibition by Douglass College for their first Artist Series, Summer 1999; listed in Who’s Who in American Art, The World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of the South and Southwest.

Publications - Authored “Texture a Watercolor with Casein,” Jan. ‘91, Artist’s Magazine, and “The Versatile Vignette" summer issue of Watercolor Magic ‘97. Paintings in the following books: “Best of Watercolor” and “Places” by Rockport Press, “The Artistic Touch III” by Creative Press, and the book cover design for “A Virginia Village Revisited”.

Professional memberships - Signature memberships: The National Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists, Virginia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Washington Water Color Association, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, The Art League, and The Potomac Valley Watercolorists, founder and Pres.‘74 –’77.

One artist shows - The Atlantic Gallery, Wash, DC; Art League, Torpedo Factory Alex. VA; Children’s Hospital, Wash. DC; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; French Embassy, Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA; Group shows – Cudahy’s Richmond VA; The 20th Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA; McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD., and Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, VA., Green Spring Gardens Horticultural Center.

Promotion of Art - Watercolor classes, Art League School, Alexandria, VA; Falls Church City, VA. Workshops throughout the area, many states and Ireland, France, England, Greece, Spain, Mexico, and Italy. Lecturer for many art groups. Judge for National Watercolor Show, Panama City, FL and five-state Delaware Watercolor Show, Dover, DE.

Museums and Permanent Collections
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
City of Dinan, Brittany, France
Ella Carouthers Dunnegan Museum, Bolivar, MO
Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, DC
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Collections - partial listing:
Texaco Inc., NY
1st Virginia Bank, Falls Church, VA
Maryland Casualty corp., Richmond, VA
James River Corp., Richmond, VA
J.M. Smucker, OH
Comsat, Washington, DC
Cygnus Corp., Washington, DC
Oliver Carr Corp., Washington, DC
Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC

Private Collections - partial listing:
James McIntire, VP Morgan Stanley
Howard Melton, Architect
Paul Tagllabue, retired NFL Commissioner

National and State Juried Shows
National Watercolor Society
Watercolor USA
Rocky Mountain National
Knickerbocker Artists
Southern Watercolor Society
Mid-Atlantic Regional
West Virginia Watercolor Society
Virginia Watercolor Society
Kentucky Watercolor Society
Maryland Federation of Art
Allied Artists of America
Western Watercolor Society
Louisiana Watercolor Society


Major Honors and Awards
Monetary Award  - Watercolor USA 2009 plus Purchase Award to
    permanent collection of Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO.
Traveling Show - National Watercolor Society, 1987
Second Award - Virginia State Watercolor Show
Biney & Smith $500 Award - National Watercolor Society, 1989
Monetary Award - Virginia Watercolor Society, 1992
Monetary Award - Virginia Watercolor Society, 1993
Award - West Virginia Watercolor Society, Aqueous, 1994
Grumbacher Gold Medal - Theasury of Art, Vienna Art Society, 1994
Monetary Award - Buckingham County, Virginia Watercolor Society, 1994
Award of Excellence - Potomac Valley Watercolorists, 1995
Best In Show - Springfield Art Guild, 1996
Purchase Award - Watercolor USA, 1996
PVW Award - Mid-Atlantic Regional, 1997
Monetary Award - Virginia Watercolor Society, 1997
Purchase Award - Watercolor USA, 1998
1st Place - Baltimore Watercolor Society, 1999
Equal Award - Potomac Valley Watercolorists, 1999
HM - 2000 Mid-Atlantic Regional, 2000
Special Award - Potomac Valley Watercolorists, 2000
Equal Award - Springfield Guild, 2000
HM - Strathmore Hall Artists, 2001
Equal Award - Potomac Valley Watercolorists, 2002
Monetary Award - Watercolor USA, 2003
Monetary Award - Virginia Watercolor Society, 2004
Monetary Award - Virginia Watercolor Society, 2005
Monetary Award - Mid-Atlantic, 2006
$500 Dale Rowney Award - Southern Watercolor Society, 2007

McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, VA
Formerly with Atlantic Gallery for 27 years (now closed)