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I'm a California native, I love the ocean and the great outdoors. 

I grew up around horses, riding in the Griffith Park mountains behind the famous Hollywood Sign :)

Creativity is in my genes.  My grandmother and her father were fine art painters.

Growing up crafty, I made candles, beaded necklaces, macrame, sketched, wrote, sewed....  

In high school I enjoyed classes in ceramics, drama, creative writing, and photography.

I met my husband while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo CA.   Between the births of our first and second sons I started my career in obstetrical nursing.   

We settled into our 3 acre ranch home in Gilroy CA and filled it with horses, dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, and every assortment of pets our sons brought home.

Introduction to Painting   

My young son was taking watercolor lessons from local Gilroy artist, Diane Wallace.  I took a few lessons along with my son and learned the basics. I was inspired by the styles of Winslow Homer, Paul Gauguin and Mary Cassatt.  Unfortunately, watercolor painting did not come easy to me :( 

Becoming a Watercolor Artist !

Fast forward 20 years.  My husbands employment brings us to Pepperell MA.   I retired and was free to follow my creative heart.  I found a lovely ceramic studio in an historic building in Nashua NH.  I created ceramic art and sold my works at a flower-gift shop.

I also volunteered at the Pepperell Senior Center.   It was there that I saw a painting of a colorful Rooster in a loose style.  This painting spoke to me.  I was excited to discover that the artist, Mauricio Puente Sr, led a weekly paint group.  In my 50s, I sign up for the second painting course in my life.  Though everyone in the group painted with oils, I was able to use watercolor.  Mauricio and I became great friends during these two years before my husbands career brought us to Austin, Texas.  I am forever in debt to Mauricio, my friend and mentor, for being the springboard of my growth as a watercolor artist.

Mauricio Sr. and CarlinMauricio Puente Sr. and Carlin

My Style

My love of the outdoors, the ocean, tropical and exotic places is expressed in my paintings.  

I love color and I amplify natures color in my art.   

For me, Watercolor has a vibrant transparent depth that exudes Life and Energy.  

My painting goal is to capture the feel of the scene, not to provide photographic copy.  

I want my painting to draw you in and allow your imagination .... to fill in ....

                                                                                                      ..... the rest of the story   :-)