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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.

 

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

Ice

 

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

 

Crow On Branch by Carolyn Doe

 

Pink Clouds by Carolyn Doe

 

Juncos In My Flowers by Carolyn Doe

 

Fields by Carolyn Doe

 

Palouse Fields by Carolyn Doe

 

Flounder by Carolyn Doe

 

Cannery Row by Carolyn Doe

 

Iceburgs by Carolyn Doe

 

In Flight by Carolyn Doe

 

Fog Across the Fields by Carolyn Doe

 

Juncos In My Flowers by Carolyn Doe

 

Wonder Lake Denali Park by Carolyn Doe