About Carlyn

As a longtime resident of greater Boston, I have been inspired by the beauty of New England and the creative vitality of my artist friends and colleagues. Locally my works hang at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and other hospitals and businesses. Marriott Hotels, Ameri-Suites Hotels and Ritz Carleton Hotels have commissioned works now on display in many parts of the U.S. Internationally my work has been shown in Switzerland and Sweden. I am a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art; besides painting and pastel, I do printmaking at Mixit Press in Somerville, Massachusetts. [Download Pdf of my Resume]


My paintings are informed by nature. In particular I have focused on the New England landscape, its curtain of greens in the summer and spring and its tapestry of gold, reds and browns in the fall. Nature in New England is a tangle; branches, leaves, vines, trees all sometimes blocking or revealing the ever changing sky. Nature here is also open water; ocean, lakes, rivers and ponds. Their mirror surfaces change color with sunlight and shadow.


Since the age of fourteen when I was given a simple set of pastels as a birthday present, pastel has been the medium I return to again and again. Pastel’s velvety texture is rich and earthy. I incorporate accident, pentimento and fanciful grids which appear and disappear by alluding to a mysterious sense of space. Much of the work has been inspired by landscape, and I often return to the Charles River as it runs through the cities and towns where I live.


Printmaking for me is an exciting and experimental enterprise. I use imagery from a lifetime of thinking about art – art from Egypt, art from toys, art from nature, art from my doodles. I play with my woodcut figures to form fairytale like tapestries. Recent homeland violence has influenced my prints. Children, guns, soldiers, my Farewell series as well as stories from my own childhood.