Is an African safari on your bucket list? Artist Carolyn Wilson recently crossed it off hers, and it was truly an experience of a lifetime. In Wilson's new series of mixed media collage paintings, she shares her feelings of privilege and awe at being able to observe these magnificent animals up close and personal. Her paintings highlight her animal encounters, especially with her favorites, the elephants.
Wilson's collages feature imaginative use of color and a tactile, textured surface that invites the viewer's touch. Her paintings are also infused with personal history: the beginning layers of collage are embedded with ephemera - maps, words in foreign languages, tickets collected on her travels - adding to the story of the piece. Each painting starts very spontaneously with elements of randomness and eventually gets reigned in and refined as it evolves. "Each painting takes on a life of its own, and the end result is a surprise even to me. Creating is nothing short of a magical and totally absorbing process," says Wilson.
Carolyn Wilson was born and raised in England, and emigrated to the USA in her mid-twenties. An artist for over 20 years, she lives in Sebastopol and since 2014 has opened her studio each year during the Sonoma County Art Trails Open Studio tour. Her paintings have been published in 2 books: The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison (2018) and The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques by Hazel Harrison(2010)