Carolyn Molder began her love of art as a child inspired by her mother who was a musician. Her art expresses the world around her. She works in watercolor, pastel and graphite. Carolyn's art was put on hold until later in life than some but her enthusiasm more than compensated for lost time. Although she has always drawn since a child, painting began after a corporate career.
"The painting of rural landscapes and barns are my way of preserving the scenes for future generations," she says. Carolyn notes that, "Showing my golden retrievers in AKC Dog Shows taught me a great deal about canine anatomy. That understanding and affinity for animals helps me paint them more expressively." Her goal is to capture the special personality of each animal. Carolyn's floral paintings in watercolor at noted for their light and transparency.
Her art has been accepted in numerous jur ied shows and festivals; the Georgia Watercolor Society; Southeastern Pastel Society; Appalachian Pastel Society; Alabama Pastel Society; NC Piedmont Pastel Society; Art in the Park- Blue Ridge, GA; Old Florida Celebration - Cedar Key, Fl; Wildlife in the Park - Blue Ridge, GA; and Art on Main- Hendersonville. Carolyn's entry "Beaver Creek Marsh" took a Merit Award at the 2011 Alabama Pastel Society show. Pastel painting "Billy Goat" won a 3rd place in the recent Appalachian Pastel Society Member show in 2009. In the 2007 Alabama Pastel Society Show won the Art Spectrum Merit Award from juror Terry Ludwig. 2008 "Clumber Puppy" took the 1st Merit Award at the Alabama Pastel Society National Show. The same "Clumber Spaniel Puppy" took 2nd place at the Gilmer Arts and Heritage show. She has taught beginning pastel and beginning watercolor at her studio, Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association and Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association as well as pastel classes at JC Campbell Folk School. In 2011 Carolyn was "Artist In Residence" at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts with a solo exhibit for three months. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded Signature Status by the Georgia Watercolor Society. Her watercolor painting "Azalea Light" was selected to hang in the office of the Georgia Speaker of the House. Signature Status was also awarded by the Alabama Pastel Society in 2010. "Holstein Calf" was selected to hang in the Virginia State Veterinary Office. "Our talents are the gift that God gives to us ... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God. When I stand before God I want to say I have none left, that I used it all. Amen"
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