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Carolyn Doe

Carolyn Doe

Port Townsend, WA

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Welcome to my art.

I was brought up in a family who always appreciated and saw the value in art.
As a child, art and natural history museums were a regular stop on any trip; hours
spent wandering the halls. From age 5 thru 12, I attended regular art classes taught
at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, OH. That is as far as any formal training
I have ever had. I am self taught which only means I just played until I figured something out. My ongoing education in art takes place thru my own passion and pleasure in the exploration of creative processes.
Always excited by fiberarts and having been raised by a seamstress, I started working in batik on silk fabric over twenty five years ago, making time in between raising
two children and working. Batik has become my voice. When dye touches silk fabric it spreads like crazy. The wax creates a boundary. It is this dance of control/no control that captivates me for hours. Through this ethereal quality, I try to convey the essence of a place and of the creatures who dwell there.
Seven years ago, while working up in Alaska in a remote area, I was given some watercolor paints and paper. Having no other resource for creativity, I started painting alone after work in the filtered light of my tent. After a short amount of time, what I found was another simple way for water and color to mix and allow for expression.
Watercolor has not only influenced my batik work to new possibilities but has also taught me that less is more. Being much easier to travel with, I am also able to record images to use later in my batik work.
About a year ago I took a class on palette knife painting in oils. Thick textures and vibrant colors. A whole new world is now revealing itself to me thru this medium.
My inspiration comes mostly from the natural landscape that surrounds me at whatever place I am traveling through, working in, or residing at. The theme of ice, snow, mountains, and penguins comes from six seasons spent working down in Antarctica. Like the cold, the beauty of Antarctica’s changing light cuts deep to the bone.
I have lately found large cities and buildings intriguing. Hours spent observing, then I go indoors and create. My work as a field camp manager and cook around the state of Alaska allows me to experience wonderful, wild and remote places. I have been as far south as Antarctica as well.
I like the movement of birds. So they come and go in my paintings.
And the stillness of trees.
There is enough inspiration for me to last several lifetimes.
This coming year I want to explore the presence of humans in landscape.

I currently have work in galleries and private collections in several US states including Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Vermont, New York, and Ohio, as well as in England, and Antarctica.

 

The Estuary Place by Carolyn Doe

 

Up River from Camp by Carolyn Doe

 

Beyond the Birch by Carolyn Doe

 

Chance encounter at the beach by Carolyn Doe

 

Early Spring 2 by Carolyn Doe

 

Among the Vines by Carolyn Doe

 

Spring Robins Gather by Carolyn Doe

 

Fish by Carolyn Doe

 

Goldfinch View by Carolyn Doe

 

Lake Union by Carolyn Doe

 

Prairie Grass by Carolyn Doe

 

FAr far north among the birch 3 by Carolyn Doe

 

Montana View by Carolyn Doe

 

Little Bird #12 by Carolyn Doe

 

FAr far north among the birch 2 by Carolyn Doe

 

Bird with a view by Carolyn Doe

 

portrait of a cow by Carolyn Doe

 

Olivia by Carolyn Doe

 

Little Bird #6 by Carolyn Doe

 

Clara by Carolyn Doe

 

Evelyn by Carolyn Doe

 

Little Bird #11 by Carolyn Doe

 

Montana Home by Carolyn Doe

 

Garden Reds by Carolyn Doe

 

Autumn Fields by Carolyn Doe

 

Autumn In Wine Country by Carolyn Doe

 

Prairie Grass 1 by Carolyn Doe

 

FAr far north among the birch 4 by Carolyn Doe

 

Alaska Range 5 by Carolyn Doe

 

Far far north among the birch 1 by Carolyn Doe

 

Meadowlark in fields by Carolyn Doe

 

song for the meadow by Carolyn Doe

 

Tulips in Spring by Carolyn Doe

 

Palouse Fields by Carolyn Doe

 

chickens on silk by Carolyn Doe

 

Prairie wildflowers by Carolyn Doe

 

old palouse barn by Carolyn Doe

 

Caribou on the Tundra 2 by Carolyn Doe

 

Prairie Song by Carolyn Doe

 

The Mystery of Migration by Carolyn Doe

 

alaska fireweed by Carolyn Doe

 

Henry by Carolyn Doe

 

Meadows Song by Carolyn Doe

 

Blue Birds by Carolyn Doe

 

Crossing the Stream by Carolyn Doe

 

Yellow Tulips by Carolyn Doe

 

Little Bird and Fence by Carolyn Doe

 

Winters Birch by Carolyn Doe