"For years I have studied and experimented with the Imprimatura technique of the Old Masters. As an artist, I am concerned with the concepts of space and its relationship to the extremities of chiaroscuro and color intensity. I use this technique to achieve the desired results in my artwork."
American artist, Carolyn Adams graduated from the Southeastern Louisiana University and then began a career in advertising but also worked in other fields. She finally decided to fully dedicate her time and energy to fine art, consequently moving to Europe where she lived and painted for 20 years. Exposure to European culture "has had a tremendous influence on my life and work as an artist."
While living in Europe, Carolyn Adams had several solo exhibits and participated in a number of group shows. Upon returning to the United States she was unable to financially survive as an artist which led her to return to work and only paint when she had the time and inspiration.
In her own words: "Upon retiring, I once again fully devoted myself to art. There has been a long period of time between past exhibitions and my present achievements. However, I feel my artwork now reflects my growth as an artist as I continue my career.
I feel that my age should not be a deterrent. I'm strong and healthy and I paint every day. I usually work on a series of 10 paintings at a time. First building up each painting, and then completing them with a glazing process (10 to 20 layers) I've developed over the years I apply this process to both my oil and acrylic paintings. Recently I have been working more in acrylics and exploring this medium's possibilities.
As an artist, I strive to find a statement of harmony and awareness. I am always searching for integrity in my art as I seek a balance between craftsmanship and spirituality."
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