Friday, June 4, 2010


Divine Vessels
60 x 76
Acrylic Glazes

This post completes an ongoing project I began in October. I have learned many things from this experience....too numerous to mention here. But the overarching lesson learned was to never underestimate the ability and the need of the human spirit to continue to learn and grow and express ones self. This was truly an amazing experience. I would be remiss if I didn't mention my mentor on this journey, Kathy Cartwright (
Thank you Kathy!
Below is my artist statement for the series "Vessels". Following that is a statement that pertains specifically to the triptych Divine Vessels.
My art reflects my search for life’s meaning through the exploration of the interrelations between the spiritual, physical and emotional realms. In that search, I’ve found a myriad of “vessels” that contain and from which emanate life-giving forces. The paintings in this series utilize vessels to metaphorically contextualize the transference of energies that nourish life both physically and spiritually. Although my paintings include recognizable subjects, I’m predominantly interested in the interplay of color and form, not just representation. Each work begins with the transformation of ordinary containers, such as bottles or vases, into abstracted forms that interrelate to create a symbolic vessel. Because I am a vessel, my canvases are the vessels that carry my thoughts and emotions to the viewer. I choose historically symbolic colors such as red for “life blood,” yellow for “power,” and blue for “truth” to support the message in each painting. I intend to explore the myriad of possibilities of this theme in the future.

Triptych: Divine Vessels
Divine Vessels is the first painting in the Vessels Series that expresses my belief in divine spirits that guide, inspire, and protect us. These vessels connect us to another life plane; they deliver messages and give us faith and hope. This triptych depicts earthly male and female figures in juxtaposition to the central divine figures as an expression of the connections between these two life planes. My palette consists of colors that support this theme expressing truth(blues); wisdom (violets/purples); power/presence (yellows/golds) and faith/peace (white).


  1. Mom, I am very impressed and proud of you!!!- Kristin

  2. This immediately caught my eye. I thought it was an altarpeice but up close, it's not. There's a definite religious dimension to me. Perhaps one day you'll get into stained glass! This is first class work.

  3. Fantastic, Carolyn! I'm proud of you :-)

  4. What a HUGE accomplishment! Congratulations and WELL DONE!!

  5. Kathy's right--wonderful work.

  6. Fabulous Carolyn.....truly amazingly awesome....I just keep looking at it. Bravo!!!!!

  7. Dear Carolyn,

    It is fantastic to see the work come to fruition and being able to enjoy the results.

    I appreciate your artist statement that accompanies the work.

    Do you not feel great?

    Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,