Carolyn Hutchings Edlund is a master artist known and collected internationally. Her works are in collections in Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, Singapore, and the United States. Born (1947) and raised in Rhode Island, art was an obvious obsession in her developmental years. At the age of eleven she began formal study with the late C. Gordon Harris. Professional representation of her paintings began at an early age. Formal education continued under the tutelage of Nguyen Tri Minh, Franklin Alexander, and the Art Students League.
Edlund is a master of a variety of media and subject portrayal. Her greatest personal satisfaction is derived from the depiction of portraiture, landscape, equine, and canine subjects. She focuses on oil and watercolor paints, as well as graphite drawings that are reminiscent of works by Albrecht Durer. She employs traditional techniques, using the finest quality materials to ensure longevity.
A 2004 review compared the excellence of her work to that of John Constable, one of England's greatest landscape artists. Edlund's work has been published in American Artist and Island Living (UK); and was selected for exhibition at the Salmagundi Club (NYC); at the Bienniale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy; and for inclusion in the MFHA Centennial Art Exhibition.
She has served as exhibition judge and guest lecturer for numerous arts organizations.
Her paintings and drawings have been represented in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom by the Southlands Gallery, and by Nicholsen-Evans Gallery. Her work is represented by galleries in the United States.
American Arts Quarterly, “Eye on the Environment.” Hastings-On-Hudson, NY: Newington Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, 25(2), Spring 2008, p.58, ISBN 1540-9872.
American Arts Quarterly, “Landscapes East & West.” Hastings-On-Hudson, NY: Newington Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, 24(4), Fall 2007, p.55.
Country & Abroad, “American Animal Art” (full article on C. Hutchings Edlund with images of four paintings) 11(1), June 2006, pp. 46-47.
Kingston Daily Freeman (19 March 2004; Kingston, NY) A review by Mary Cassai compared the excellence of her work to that of John Constable, one of England’s greatest landscape artists.
My work is about the beauty of the natural world as well as the craft of painting itself. I value the characteristics present in both - composition, varied textures, and the power of light and color. I intend the stillness of my scenes to bring to mind times long past and the luminosity to suggest a slight enchantment. Many find the paintings an escape, the meandering paths and waters avenues for adventure. Yet, some find the scenes familiar - perhaps the backyard they grew up in, a road they took once, or a landscape more interior.
I choose to work in a style that creates an intimate experience for my viewers. The size emphasizes the importance of each brushstroke. I employ traditional techniques and the finest quality watercolors and oils to create landscapes with atmosphere and depth. These mediums allow me to portray the ephemeral beauty of our world in a lasting manner.
I am drawn to portraiture as well as equine and canine subjects. Yet, many of my landscapes are without a protagonist, allowing the viewer to walk into the scene, or perhaps more accurately, to stand in the grass at the edge of the scene and breathe a breath of fresh air.