Carolynn Doan has been a professional artist for over 15 years, based in White Rock, BC. Carolynn was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is very proud of her prairie roots. She regards these roots as the foundation upon which she has built her artistic career. As a child she spent many hours roaming through fields, getting to know the land and the vast prairie skies. She believes it is this freedom and exposure to the natural world, that has influenced both her education and the art she creates.
Although she no longer lives on the prairies, those experiences are still very much a part of who she is as a person and an artist.
Carolynn’s background in biology is evident in the choices she makes when developing ideas for paintings. It was this background that taught her to ‘see.’ She learned to appreciate the force of nature and all of the mysteries that surround it, and her love of nature’s diversity of colour, texture and value is inherent in her work.
Carolynn has won awards in several Canadian competitions. She holds the Active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists and is a member of the South Surrey, White Rock, Chamber of Commerce. Her work hangs in private and corporate collections in Canada, Great Britain, the U.S.A., and Japan.
People often ask me how I came to be a painter when my education was in science. My degree was a major in biology and a minor in mathematics. On every occasion I tell them that ‘I see my painting career as a natural progression from the study of the natural world’, which is what the study of biology is. It also taught me to look carefully, be investigative and have a child-like wonder for the way things appear to be. It taught me to question, consider and to refrain from judgment wherever possible.
That discipline helped to teach me about my undeniable connection to all living things. It has filled my heart, and my brush with the joy of being in the presence of the miracle of the natural world.
As an artist, I strive to represent those aspects of nature that touch my emotions and attempt to pass those feelings on through colour and light.
I tend not to categorize myself as a landscape, floral or animal painter. I enjoy the investigation and challenge of painting almost any subject in a variety of media.
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