About Me


I'm a California native & now call Austin Texas my home.

I love the ocean, the great outdoors and animals.

My childhood neighborhood was filled with horses. I worked in the stables in exchange for riding. 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 and her father were fine art painters. I inherited creativity.

During my youth I made candles, beaded necklaces, did macrame, sketched (very poorly, since I can't draw), wrote, sewed and created hand-made homes for my numerous pets.

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

I met my husband while at Cal Poly 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 watercolor painting did not come easy to me :(

Photo of Mauricio Puente Sr. and Carlin

~ Becoming a Watercolor Artist !

Fast forward 20 years. My husbands employment brings us to Pepperell MA. I was retired & free to follow my creative heart.

Ceramics was an easy art for me. I found a studio in an artist heaven in "The Picker Building" Nashua NH. I created ceramic art & sold them 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!

I was excited to discover artist Mauricio Puente Sr led a small weekly paint group. In my 50s, I sign up for the second painting course in my life. Though the group painted with oils, I preferred the beauty of transparent watercolor.

Mauricio and 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, and tropical beaches is expressed in my paintings.

For me, Watercolor has a vibrant transparent depth that exudes Life and Energy. I amplify color in my art.

My painting goal is impressionistic, 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 :-)

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Originals & Commissions: Carlin Art Watercolor on Etsy

Prints: Carlin Art Watercolor