Carolyn Doe







Carolyn Doe

Carolyn Doe

Port Townsend, WA


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.


contrast in bamboo by Carolyn Doe


Goldfinch in the wheat by Carolyn Doe


Moose on the tundra by Carolyn Doe


Wild Rose by Carolyn Doe


Raven in Colored Leaves by Carolyn Doe


Ghost Within by Carolyn Doe


Wild Roses by Carolyn Doe


Grouse Mountain by Carolyn Doe


Old Railroad Bridge II by Carolyn Doe


Old Railroad Bridge by Carolyn Doe


Bird on the Shore by Carolyn Doe


Early Spring 1 by Carolyn Doe


Aishas Ying Yang by Carolyn Doe


Reflections by Carolyn Doe


The Blowing Skirts of Ladies by Carolyn Doe


Open Water by Carolyn Doe


Interior Alaska by Carolyn Doe


Peaceful Salutations by Carolyn Doe


Birch Ridge Walk by Carolyn Doe


Birch Forest by Carolyn Doe


Moon Salutations by Carolyn Doe


Penguin 2 by Carolyn Doe


Penguin 1 by Carolyn Doe


Alaska Fireweed by Carolyn Doe


Scott Base Antarctica by Carolyn Doe


Milvan Study by Carolyn Doe


Birds in the Brush by Carolyn Doe


The Long Walk 1 by Carolyn Doe


Antarctic Series Of Ice by Carolyn Doe


Spring Marsh by Carolyn Doe


Up The Hill by Carolyn Doe


Magpie Splash by Carolyn Doe


distant blue by Carolyn Doe


Contrast In Chickens by Carolyn Doe


Rain On The Palouse by Carolyn Doe


Biuldings 87 and 126 antarctica by Carolyn Doe


Early Autumn by Carolyn Doe


2 Parkas by Carolyn Doe


Ice by Carolyn Doe



Sunrise In The Field Above by Carolyn Doe


Oriental Moonlight by Carolyn Doe


Birds on a Wire by Carolyn Doe


Silk Penguins by Carolyn Doe


Hut Point Antarctica by Carolyn Doe


South Pole Dome Antarctica by Carolyn Doe


Caste Rock Antarctica by Carolyn Doe


Mount Erebus Antarctica by Carolyn Doe


Little Pink Bird by Carolyn Doe