Carolyn Sawyer Portrait

Carolyn’s childhood contained the perfect growing medium for the highly talented artist she has become. Encouraged by her artistic family, she has been drawing and painting since early childhood. When she was a teenager, Carolyn’s grandfather recognized “Spirit” in an unusual picture she had painted.

“You see the spiritual world,” he told her proudly. This was a pivotal and eye-opening statement, confirming feelings she had that there is more to our world than the five senses perceive.

Carolyn continued focusing on developing drawing and painting skills into her high school years in California. As a senior, she received a scholarship to attend the Art Center, a prestigious art college in Los Angeles. She also studied at Pasadena City College, and after moving to the Pacific Northwest, Portland Community College and Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

Carolyn moved to Ridgefield, Washington in 1982. She married, started a family and continued to paint. She helped establish the Ridgefield Art Association in 1993 and has participated in many art shows throughout the area. Her paintings have won many awards, including first place ribbons at Oregon’s Lake Oswego Festival of Arts, and numerous awards at the Ridgefield Art Association’s Annual Art Exhibit and Sale. Carolyn has become an admired watercolorist exhibiting her work at galleries throughout Washington, Oregon and southern California.

Carolyn’s artistic sensibilities have aided in her spiritual journey over the years. Carolyn says, “My spiritual journey has progressively opened the floodgates for creative juices to flow”.

Carolyn has developed a unique vision of color and strives in her paintings to deepen others’ appreciation of the unlimited variations that exist both in life and in the “Spirit World” which her grandfather spoke about so many years ago. One color you will rarely find in Carolyn’s work is black as she believes it deadens the painting’s vitality. The result is a finely harmonized yet intense visual work. She hopes her paintings bring forth a spiritual as well as visual experience for those who view them.