Carolyn was born and raised in the Peace Country and is the third of the Three Generation Watercolour Artists. Watercolour has always been her favourite medium, although she experiments with pencil drawing, soapstone carving, murals and bookbinding. Teaching children and adults in a variety of media keeps art in general fresh and inspiring, as does pairing watercolour with her other passion; exploring the out of the way, secret places in the Peace Country. Carolyn’s paintings are mostly from expeditions, by sandal or by snowshoe, which are never undertaken without a camera. She paints landscapes, close-up studies, wildlife, pets, portraits and flowers: any subject that offers the intrigue of challenge.
It is especially fulfilling to achieve a painting that stirs a memory or a feeling, in herself or in someone else. Carolyn says, “I want to show you the things I cannot see and have you tell me that you can. No one can or will experience a painting in the same way the artist does. That’s the beauty of watercolour: what you see may even change from moment to moment as light or perspective alters.”
Carolyn’s art teachers have included Evelyn E. Harris, Judith A. Brown, Jack Reid, Jake Mohl and Rien Poortvliet. She also tagged along with Peace Watercolour Society for years before becoming a member in 2012. Her mother, Judith A. Brown, joined in 1992 and Carolyn was present at PWS shows and paint outs, gathering watercolour information, atmosphere and connections. The quality and importance of the painting she sees with Peace Watercolour Society always inspires hard work and aspiration.
Carolyn lives in Spirit River with her husband, Joshua, who is also a watercolourist.