Carolyn Todd — Artist’s Biography & Statement
Studio: Lunenburg, MA
I am a fourth-generation Texan and 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 see the 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 thought that art increases and sharpens our experiences with life.
I was awarded an art scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I also earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston in Fine Arts and Arts Education. I have worked as an art therapist in Galveston, as a secondary art teacher in Webb and Dobie Middle Schools in Austin and Georgetown High School, Georgetown, Texas. I have taught adult classes at Sun City in Georgetown and the Cultural Activities Center in Temple for students interested in all media painting, life drawing, and encaustic painting classes.
My paintings, drawings, and illustrations have been shown in private collections, galleries, salons, and restaurants in Texas and South America. Solo and group shows in Texas include the Bay 6 Gallery Group Show “Fused Expressions”, Inn on the Riverwalk show (San Antonio); Georgetown Art Works – Art Hop exhibits, where I received several cash award prizes (Georgetown); 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); East at the Pigoata Studio (Austin); 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); Art Affair – Artists@Work group show (Lakeway); and the Corridor in downtown (Austin). I have been fortunate to exhibit watercolor and encaustic shows at the Georgetown library which includes group and solo shows. I was selected for a solo show at the main gallery, Cultural Activities Center, (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 success attended by local families, artists, teachers, Sul Ross State University staff, students, and faculty. For the show, I exhibited oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings inspired by the park and collaborating private ranches with the Nature Conservancy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department located on the Devil’s River as well as other locations. 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.
I was selected to have my first Massachusetts solo show at the Conant Gallery of Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. My paintings and drawings have been exhibited in four local art association shows: Artist League of Lowell, Gardner Area League of Artists, Nashua Area Artists Association, and the Princeton Arts Society.