Carolyn Caldwell is a painter and pastel artist living on Deer Isle, Maine. She studied photography and art and received a degree in Architecture from Boston Architectural Center. She designed houses in the Virgin Islands for sixteen years and returned to painting in 1987, being influenced by Winslow Homer’s watercolors of the Bahamas. Her Caribbean work in pastel and watercolor were often alive with people and activity. Since moving to Maine in 2000, however, she has been increasingly drawn toward quieter and more contemplative images. Familiar island scenes became less specific, but weighted with universal connotations: the solitary clammer in a broad, darkening cove, a lone island beneath a sky awash in moody clouds.
“I have found that the less I tell in a painting, the more powerful it is…I stop when I feel just the essentials are down but the energy is there; the spirit of what moved me. I leave out enough so you, the viewer, can bring your own memories and experience to the piece.”