+1 ::: Why are
you an artist Caroline?
I have always made images and expressed
myself visually, but had no conscious
intention of becoming a painter. Then
in my early Thirties, I visited a gallery
and was angry with myself for the next
three weeks. I eventually realized that
I would have to paint. I was scared to,
because it requires honesty, a loss of
control to some degree, and no doubt criticism
from within and without.
::: Could you tell us some more about
I love abstract work such as Richard Diebenkorn's
but my course seems to revolve around
the human form, as the container of the
senses and the measure of things. I bring
out what is inside and it acts on me in
reverse as I'm often not conscious of
why a certain image is important to me.
I don't work in a trance, I just try to
follow an impulse, it's a good sign. I
avoid the intellectual component. The
writings of C.G.Jung are a good scholarly
explanation of what I'm talking about
+3 ::: Do you
think that not having training as an artist
has been an advantage or disadvantage
Who knows? You can't live both ways and
then compare which would be better. I
suspect that I was better left alone (others
have said that!) I suppose we all have
to make what we can of ourselves and our
work, whatever the circumstances. No one
can do it for you.
+4 ::: What artists
have influenced you, and how?
I'm not saying it shows, but I love
Rothenberg for her simple emotional
Dumas, again for her powerful simplicity
Olsen for his playful lyricism
Gary Shead for his figurative poetry
Klee for his simple and strange beauty
Charles Blackman because his works were
the first I saw that expressed the inner
I wasn't exposed to much art before my
Twenties, but now I could make this list
+5 ::: What other
interests do you have (besides painting)?
I like to read, be with my family, go
for walks, travel (wish I could do more).
I have an interest in boats, woodwork,
music, animals and Medieval religion and
+6 ::: What inspires
you to paint and how do you keep motivated
when things get tough in the studio?
I'm not sure what I could accomplish in
my life if I did not try to create something
concrete. Forming something outside helps
form something inside. Like someone said
to me recently, "If you are given
a gift, however meagre, you don't give
it back". I like that. Things are
generally tough in the studio, that's
why I have to keep at it.
+7 ::: How have
you handled the business side of being
At first I was very naive, but nothing
happens fast when you paint, so I had
plenty of time to learn. My husband is
a big help, he reads all he can on the
subject and I've had simple advice from
good sources. Of course it's in the lap
of the gods in the end.
+8 ::: Where
do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I will be traveling,. I also hope
to have achieved a visual language that
makes direct use of my life's experiences.
+9 ::: Could
you talk about your latest series of paintings
and what you are trying to achieve with
Currently, I'm trying to paint better.
Yes! I'm being funny but unfortunately
it's true too. I'd like to get a better
relationship between my rhythmic line
driven sketches, color and paint quality.
As well, I am trying to resolve the quandaries
of a purely imagined world versus the
world I live in right now. Confused? same
+10 ::: What
advice would you give to an artist just
That would depend on the aims and abilities
the artist. You must ultimately be guided
from within. If you are, then a lot of
the crap that WILL come your way, will
be water off a duck's back.