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Lived/Active: California      Known for: floral still life, figure and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography was written by Paul Bingham of Salt Lake City, Utah.

From an early age, painting was always an integral part of Carolyn Lord's existence. While attending Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Ms. Lord developed a love of watercolors. In 1978 she began to explore the subject that started her successful painting career: florals.

Endeavors in figure drawing and portraiture followed. The birth of a son in 1993 inspired a wealth of work on her little boy in every conceivable activity. Moving from florals to posed models to babies to landscapes excited critics and exhibition jurors as they recognized the versatility and vitality of this woman's work.

Characterized by sometimes ironic elements of color, light, shape and design all melding together, each of Lord's paintings result in satisfying, yet never simplistic compositions. These recognizable elements set her apart from her contemporaries. Simply put, Carolyn Lord is one of California's finest living watercolorists. Her work's inherent authenticity and dedication to excellence are among the values that make her art collectible now and for many years to come.

Carolyn Lord is a member of the National Watercolor Society and an Artist member of the California Art Club. In association with these organizations and others, she has has presented workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Each year Carolyn participates in the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts' "Maynard Dixon Country" event in Mt. Carmel, Utah. She also is a frequent guest column writer for Watercolor Magic.

Biography from Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts:
Carolyn Lord's paintings are a record and expression of her world.  A "Plein Air" artist by training, she has painted many places including Brazil, Italy, Virgin Islands, Nevada, Utah,  Oregon: Carmel, Gualala, and home in Livermore, California.

Her greatest body of work is of her area; the landscape, architecture, gardens, portraits and still-lives. "My paintings can be subtle, direct or whimsical, of what ever I feel is important to share. Usually it's a record of visual beauty, sometimes I hint at ideas and concepts that are revealed in the painting or in the title."  Her watercolors are recognizable with their varied compositions, color, light and dark.


Principia College, Elsah, IL, BA Fine Arts, 1974-78 Art Professors; James Green, Jim Schmidt, Judy Felch, Glen Felch

Rex Brandt, George Post, Blue Sky Workshop, Corona del Mar, CA 1976

Robert E. Wood, Green Valley Lake Workshop, 1976

Millard Sheets, Southern Oregon College Workshop, Ashland, OR 1979,

Jade Fon Asilomar Workshops, Pacific Grove, CA; Milford Zornes, Tom Nicolas, Jade Fon, Gerald Brommer, Millard Sheets, Dong Kingman, 1980-82

Millard Sheets, Hewitt Brothers’ Workshop, Morelia Mexico, 1983

Anita Toney, Fort Mason Printmaker’s Workshop, San Francisco, 1981

Jean-Pierre Larochette, San Francisco Tapestry Workshop, 1982

Robert E. Wood, Workshop, Gualala, CA 1987

Kala Fresco Workshop, Berkeley, 1992

Warren Chang, Academy of Art College, San Francisco, 2003

James Wu, Union City, 2005

Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA
The Buck Collection, Laguna Hills, CA
Beringer Vineyards, St Helena, CA
Principia College, Elsah, IL
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Kaiser Permanente, Pleasanton, CA
The Millard and Mary Sheets Family Collection, Gualala, CA

California Art Club
National Watercolor Society
Pacific Boychoir
Thunderbird Foundation

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