I'm a California native & now call Austin Texas my home.
I love the ocean, the great outdoors & animals.
Fortunately my childhood home was in a horse district. I gladly worked in stables in exchange for horse riding privileges! My favorite trails were in the Griffith Park mountains behind the famous Hollywood Sign :)
My career goal was to be a horse veterinarian.
~ Creativity is genetic
My grandmother & her father were fine art painters. I inherited creativity.
During my youth I made candles, beaded necklaces, did macrame, sketched ( poorly, since I can't draw), wrote, sewed & made hand-made homes for my numerous pets.
In high school I enjoyed classes in ceramics, drama, creative writing & photography.
I met my husband while attending Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo CA. Between the births of our first & second sons I started my career in obstetrical nursing (not veterinary medicine, but, close). Our ranch home in Gilroy CA was filled with horses, dogs, cats, birds, bunnies....any animal our sons brought home.
~ My introduction to Painting
My young son began watercolor lessons with local artist, Diane Wallace & I joined him for a few lessons. My son was an instant artist, but 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 early & was free to follow my creative heart.
Ceramics was an easy art for me. I found a studio in "The Picker Building" Nashua NH. The building was filled with artists & a full spectrum of art forms. Paradise! I created ceramic art & sold pieces at a gift shop in Pepperell.
I also volunteered at the Pepperell Senior Center. It was there that I saw a painting of a colorful Rooster.
This painting spoke to me! It was painted by artist Mauricio Puente Sr. He led a weekly paint meet-up at the center & I was able to join. The group painted with oils, but I preferred to use beautiful transparent watercolor.
Mauricio & I became great friends during the two years before my husbands career brought us to Texas. I am forever in debt to Mauricio, my friend & mentor, for being the springboard of my growth as a watercolor artist.
(photo of Mauricio Puente Sr. & Carlin)
~ My Style
My love of the outdoors, the ocean & tropical beaches is expressed in my paintings.
For me, Watercolor has a vibrant transparent depth that exudes Life & Energy. I amplify color in my art.
My style is impressionistic, I paint the feel of a scene, not specific details. I want my painting to draw you in & allow your own imagination to fill in the story :-)