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Carolyn Blaylock’s bright and beautiful artwork brings an instant smile and a warm connection, drawing one in for a closer look. Best known for bold colors and fearless textures, her work is the expression of personality and spirit.  Whether it’s sunlight filtering through a field of flowers or wisdom in the eyes of a barnyard cow, all bring a smile and a closer look at Carolyn’s dance of color and texture. The artist’s acute color sense accompanies beautiful passages of contrasting lights and darks, keeping the eye engaged and moving around the canvas. Adept at oil, acrylic, and pastel, Carolyn contrasts transparent drippy passages with thickly textured layers, creating an elegant, brave rhythm to her work. She flourishes on large canvas, where she feels the freedom and space to become one with her paint, palette knife, and brush.  Beyond the technique, the artist creates a personality and story for each piece. “As the personality of a painting emerges, I find myself smiling at my easel and forming a story about the subject, whether it’s a bear, a bouquet, or a tale of a tree”, she says. The results delight her nationwide collectors who enjoy the blend of colorful harmonies with the humor of a good story.

Carolyn’s lifelong love of color and animal life began in her crib with a mobile of red cardinals swirling above her head. Not long after, she made her first art box with Captain Kangaroo, filling it with all kinds of fascinating art tools.  When she wasn’t creating, she was bringing home stray kittens, baby birds, and pretty bouquets of roadside weeds; all made her mother sneeze.  It wasn’t long before the love of art, animals, and flowers merged. Moving from California to Missouri to the South gave Carolyn a plethora of inspiring fauna and flora to paint.  Graduating from The University of Georgia with a degree in advertising and a minor in painting, she spent a few years in the advertising arena, before returning full time to her love of painting.  She started her own greeting card company with watercolor paintings of animals and children, licensing her work that was published and distributed throughout the world. The art box of her youth beckoned again, this time with the lure of large canvas, big brushes, and lots of colorful paint. She immersed herself in studying the works of the American and California impressionists, and especially the color work of Wolf Kahn. Like them, Carolyn concentrated on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on forms. Her inspiration remained steady: color, animals, flowers, and their connection to human nature. The first painting she submitted to a competition was accepted by The Pastel Society of America and hung in the prestigious National Arts Club in New York. Many accolades and awards have followed her from coast to coast. Her paintings hang in many private and corporate collections including Oprah Winfrey, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Baptist Hospital, a North Carolina Congressman, the National Cathedral, and OtterBox. Forty-six of Carolyn's paintings were recently installed at the Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Center. Carolyn has had fifteen solo shows in the last ten years. She also jurors shows and teaches workshops regularly here and there and everywhere, finding great joy encouraging others to bring forth their own artistic voice.  An art residency in Nantucket led to a series of seaside works and a renewed love for plein air painting. Carolyn and her husband, CEF (Chief Executive Farmer) make their home on a horse farm in North Carolina, with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, and six children living all in between. Whether in her bright sunroom studio or in the wide open air of the outdoors, she’ll be wearing her signature pearls and cowboy boots, armed with paintbrush in one hand and palette knife in the other, both loaded with color and ready for her next masterpiece. She and her husband travel often to faraway places to explore busy cities and quiet gardens. France, and particularly Monet’s garden in Giverny, is a a favorite place of inspiration. The spring of 2017 will take them back to France, Switzerland and Italy. A plethora of paintings will follow!