Carolyn Todd

Carolyn Todd.

Carolyn Todd — Artist’s Biography & Statement

Studio: Lunenburg, MA
Born: Texas

As a fourth-generation Texan, I grew up exploring Texas deserts, prairies, wetlands, and forests through visual media of all kinds. At an early age, I decided to share my discoveries of animals and environments through the visual arts. All my interpretations of Texas and the southwest seek to draw the viewer in to scenes of incredible texture, heat, and color. I was a volunteer for Texas Parks and Wildlife for over 20 years. While completing my master’s degree, I was inspired by the idea that art increases and sharpens our life experiences.

The University of Texas at Austin awarded me an art scholarship that led me to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I also earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston. I have worked as an art therapist in Galveston, as a secondary art teacher in Webb and Dobie Middle Schools in Austin, and at Georgetown High School, Georgetown, Texas.

My paintings, drawings, and illustrations have been shown in private collections, galleries, salons, and restaurants in Texas and throughout South America. Solo and group shows in Texas include the Bay 6 Gallery group show, “Fused Expressions”; the Inn on the Riverwalk show (San Antonio); the Texas Wax “Degrees” show (Houston); the group show “Global Swarming,” exhibited in buildings on the grounds of the State Fair of Texas (Dallas); “The Alchemy of Encaustic” in Kilgore College (Kilgore); Wax 10×10 (Amarillo); Congress Old Bakery and Emporium (Austin); encaustic shows at the Dougherty Arts Center (Austin); Round Rock Arts (Round Rock);  Red Poppy Coffee (Georgetown); and the Corridor in Downtown (Austin). I have been fortunate to exhibit watercolor and encaustic shows at the Georgetown Library. I was selected for a solo show at the main gallery, Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas.

I was fortunate to be selected as the “Artist in Residence” for the National Park Service, Amistad National Recreation Area, Del Rio, Texas. My solo show, “El Cielo, las Mesas y el Rio Diablo,” was a fabulous experience and a great success. For the show, I exhibited oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings inspired by the park. I taught “plein air” painting and mixed media classes located on private ranches in the area and classroom watercolor painting for college and adult students at the Del Rio Fine Arts gallery and studio.

My first Massachusetts solo show took place at the Conant Gallery of Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. My paintings and drawings have been exhibited in four local art association shows: the Artist League of Lowell, the Gardner Area League of Artists, the Nashua Area Artists Association, and the Princeton Arts Society.