Carolyn Wolf Russell
is an emerging artist who resides in Vista, California. She grew up
in a small mid-western town, learning to love art by coloring at the
coffee table with her older brother. As she grew older, she continued
exploring artistic mediums through her high school teachers and classes,
learning jewelry making and oil painting. After graduating from high
school there never seemed to be the opportunity to engage in an education
in art. But that did not stop the need to be creative and so Carolyn
turned to the world of observation as her teacher. She read anything
she could get her hands on and enjoyed meeting other artists. And of
course she 'practiced'.
"You have to not be
afraid to make mistakes" she says. "if you don't like it,
paint over it or throw it away. But if you don't try something you'll
never know what it feels like to express it." She has experimented
with several mediums, airbrushing murals on walls and T-shirts, and
oil painting. But Carolyn has always returned to her medium of choice,
Carolyn has traveled the
country extensively and spent time in some of the most beautiful areas
imaginable. She loves enjoying nature, and photographs as much as she
can to record her trips. These have been the basis of most of her sea
and landscape paintings. "A photograph just never seems to instill
the emotions of a place I have actually been. So when I paint it I can
get that feeling back and that is what I try to express in the art.
I wish for the observer to want to run in the grass or leave their footprints
on that road."
Of late, Carolyn's subject
matter has turned to wildlife. She has been able to expand her love
of nature to encompass the landscape and the animals that impact it.
Her wildlife paintings evoke the attitude and emotions of the animals
and their behavior in their environment.
In 2000 Carolyn moved to
Vista, CA and finally began to search for venues to exhibit and market
her art. She is one of the founding members of the Vista Art Association
Foundation and has been the Director of the Vista Village Art Gallery
since April of 2004. You can also see her work publicly at Ciao Italian
Restaurant in Vista, and at the Creek Walk Art Show in Vista.