Artist carolyn shaw

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Born in San Francisco, Carolyn  was raised in Pasadena, California, and received a B.A. Degree in Art from the University of California at Berkeley.  Trained in abstract painting theory, she continued to develop her own ideas through experimentation in painting, drawing and printmaking while pursuing her career as a librarian.  Because time and space were limited, she became involved in weekly outings with the Santa Clara County Watercolor Society and soon developed a passion for plein air painting.  Recently she has changed her focus to studio paintings from field studies which she feels affords her both the freedom of visual memory and the challenge of more complex compositions.
"I had been in love with the California landscape since childhood when I rode the Coast Daylight between Pasadena and Woodside where we spent our summers.   Those initial impressions of ranchlands, mountains, and the blue Pacific have stayed with me ever since.  Hiking the local trails of the Bay Area has been an important part of why I paint.  What I experience in nature inspires me in many ways; the temperature and movement of air, sounds, or lack of and smells of earth and grasses, as well as sight.  I enjoy the challenge of rearranging Mother Nature's imagery, trying to capture a little part of her beauty and grandeur." 

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