"What the greatest minds have ultimately sought from art is knowledge, a true or 'metaphysical' knowledge, capable of reaching beyond the external appearance of phenomena in order to lead us to their intimate essence"
Michael Henry on Kandinsky
My paintings are about relating to the universe with all its wonders and its enigmas. For both the viewer and the artist, I envision painting as meditation.
My art is informed by eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhist and Theosophical teachings and a growing understanding of metaphysics. One can allow the eye to travel throughout the painting, feel a connection to the energy that pervades the universe, a sense of unity and harmony, a sense of the mystery that we are connected to and part of.
A painting should have a resonance, vibration or vitality with which the viewer can connect. My work is a reflection of the energy and beauty that surrounds us every moment, both seen and unseen, that which is within and without. I want my works to have spirit rather than likeness and enjoy using the gestural brushstroke and certain universal symbols such as the circle that express wholeness and life’s journey.
By connecting to the cosmos we feel a part of something greater. There is “a sense of the luminous sacred that infuses the world” that draws and inspires me.
"Fluid color, the swift flow of brushstrokes by Carolyn Wayland provide an immediacy, a sense of present moment that frees and nourishes the viewer.”
Virginia Hall Gallery and Studio
A quick gestural brushstroke and a color saturated palette are an integral part of Carolyn Wayland’s paintings. The rest emerges from deep inside, her life experiences, and the esoteric side of life including Theosophical and Buddhist studies.
Carolyn’s inspiration comes directly from her passion for nature and her search for the truth. As a west coast girl she spent many days in nature, first living in California, then working and living in southern and central Oregon, Orcas Island, Washington and back to California where she grew up. Currently, she lives in Guerneville among the majestic coastal redwoods of northern California.
While teaching in Oregon, she developed her knowledge and skills in art, obtaining a Masters degree in Art Education in order to teach high school for 18 years. “Exposing students to the world of art and to their own creativity was foremost on my mind”, she says. Before high school art, she taught at a public alternative school where the entire curriculum was based on the arts. In 1994 she was honored with the “Oregon Art Educator of the Year” award.
In 2002 she and her husband moved to Orcas Island, Washington, where they spent two years building their dream home and a garden and studio for Carolyn. After that creative endeavor she focused her knowledge and love or art into painting. “Painting there was such a pleasure. I had the deer and rabbits for company.” She took oil painting classes on the island and acrylic painting classes off the island every summer. “I loved being the student for a change, and I enjoyed banding together with a group of artists who were all deeply inspired by the work of Kandinsky, who himself studied Theosophy.
This view of the world as interconnected and her Buddhist studies have transformed her work more and more to the idea of art as meditation, both for herself and for the viewer. While color and energetic brushstroke are both integral to her painting, she attempts to convey concepts and meaning through her work. ”Wayland combines her singles stroke of a paint-loaded brush with a chromatic intensity reminiscent of Emile Nolde” says Gallery and Studio Magazine, New York.
Carolyn’s paintings can be seen at The Russian River Gallery in Guerneville and the Lori Austin Gallery, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Also her website, Instagram and on her Facebook page, carolynwaylandstudio. In addition to the Lori Austin Gallery and Art Gallery H in Tubac, Arizona, she has exhibited at the Monserrat Gallery in New York City, at numerous shows and art studio tours in Arizona and Washington, and has sold work to various collectors in the west and midwest. Her works was featured in the fall of 2015 on the cover and interior of “Quest” Magazine.
Carolyn Wayland in Cuba.
"The art and artists there are amazing".
2016 Best In Show award, Tubac Center of the Arts
2000 Duchess Award for outstanding art educator, Maude Kearns Art Center, Eugene, OR
1998 Oregon Art Educator of the Year award
"Meditations on the Cosmos and Twentieth Century Abstract Art, National Theosophical Society online course, 2022
"Painting the Cosmos" Twentieth Century Art and Theosophy, Krotona Institute, Ojai, CA 2022
"How We Can Paint" class, Tubac, AZ 2021
"How Artists See", OLLI university extension program, Green Valley, AZ
Art instructor, Friday Harbor High School, Friday Harbor, WA, Orcas High School, Eastsound, WA
Art instructor, Churchill High School, South Eugene High School, Eugene, OR
Coordinator, Orcas Arts Education Project, Eastsound, WA
Coordinator, Getty Grant Project, Eugene School District, Eugene, Or
University of Oregon instructor, “Teaching Art in the Elementary Schools”, Eugene, OR
University of Oregon M.A. Art Education, Eugene, Oregon 1981
University of Oregon Secondary Art Credential, Eugene, Oregon 1988
Oakland University, M.A.T., Oakland, MI
University of California B.A., Comparative Literature, Berkeley, CA 1969
O"Hanlon Arts Center, Mill Valley, CA
Marin MOCHA, Novato, CA
River Arts, Guerneville, CA, steering committee
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, CA
Tubac Center for the Arts, AZ, board member
Orcas Island Center for the Arts, WA, board member
Oregon Arts Education association board member
Lori Austin Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Russian River Gallery, Guerneville, CA
2023 Abstract Zone online juried show, www.exhibitzone.com
2022 Member's Open, Sebastopol Center of the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2022 solo show, Lori Austin Gallery , Healdsburg, CA
2022 “Painting the Cosmos” solo show, Krotona Institute, Ojai, CA
2021 Member’s Open, Sebastopol Center of the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
2021 “Painting the Cosmos” solo show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac,
2021 Member’s Open, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2021 Starry Starry Night juried Show,Center of the Arts, Tubac AZ
2021 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio, Tubac, AZ
2021 Hilltop Gallery, "A River Runs Through" show, Nogales, AZ
2021 Member's Juried, Tubac Arts Center,Tubac, AZ
2020 Member's Open, Tubac Arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2020 Tucson Contemporary Art Society Group Show, Tucson, AZ
2020 Painting the Cosmos solo show, Ojai,CA (postponed)
2020 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio,Tubac, AZ
2020 Member's Open, Tubac Arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2020 Artists Then and Now Juried, Tubac Arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2020 Tubac Festival of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2020 Carolyn Wayland Studio Party, Tubac, AZ
2019 Contemporary Art Society Annual Show, Tucson, AZ
2019 Member's Open, Tubac Arts Center Tubac, AZ
2019 Waterways juried show, Tubac Presidio, Tubac, AZ
2019 We Are Here juried Show, Tucson Airport, Tucson, AZ
2018 TVAA First Annual Exhibit, Tubac, AZ
2018 Aqueous juried show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Member’s Juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Member’s Open Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Tubac Festival of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Member’s Juried Show, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio, Tubac, AZ
2017 Tubac Art Center Member’s Juried Show, Tubac, Az
2017 Tubac Art Center, Member’s Open, Tubac, AZ
2017 19 juried show, Tubac Art Center, Tubac, AZ
2017 A Thousand Words juried exhibit, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR
2017 SOLO SHOW, Tubac Arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2017 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2017 Emerald Art Center juried show, Springfield, Oregon
2017 Art of Planetary Science show, Tucson, AZ
2017 Contemporary Art Society juried show, Tucson, AZ.
2017 Tubac Arts Center juried show, “ Aqueous”, Tubac, ZA
2016 Tubac Arts Center Member’s Show, Best in Show award
2016 Tubac Arts Center Juried Aqueous Show, Tubac, AZ
2015 Tubac Art Center Member’s Show, Tubac, AZ
2015 Tucson Airport SOLO EXHIBIT, Tucson, AZ
2015 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2015 “The Artist’s Journey”, Donna’s ,Tubac, AZ
2015 Southern Arizona Invitational Exhibition, Yuma, AZ
2015 Beyond Appearance, SOLO SHOW, Virginia Hall Gallery, , Tubac, AZ
2014 Tubac Arts Center Member’s Show, Tubac, AZ
2014 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2014 TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART, “The Arts Speak”
2014 Rare Earth Studio/Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2013 Inner Idea Artists Show, Monserrat Gallery, NYNY
2013 Tubac Arts Center Member’s Show, Tubac, AZ
2013 Orcas Island Studio Artist Tour, Orcas, WA
2013 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2013 “Borders” juried exhibition, Tubac arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2012 “The Studio” Gallery (six pieces) Tubac Arts Center, Tubac, AZ
2012 “Timeless Meditations” juried exhibit, Tubac Arts Center, Tubac AZ
2012 Tubac Arts Center Members Show, Tubac, AZ
2012 Orcas Island Studio Artist Tour, August
2012 8th Annual Student Exhibition, Orcas Center, Eastsound, WA
2012 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2011 The Essence Art Exhibit at Indralaya, Eastsound, WA, August
2011 Tubac Arts Center Members Show, Tubac, AZ August
2011 Orcas Island Studio Artist Tour, August
2011 ‘On and Off the Wall’ Exhibit,Orcas Center, Eastsound, WA
2010 Islanders Bank solo exhibit, Eastsound, WA
2010 Art of the Journey Exhibit, Orcas Historical Society, Eastsound, WA
2009 ‘Our Vast Landscapes’, Orcas Center group show, Eastsound, WA
2008 ‘On and Off the Wall’ Exhibit, Orcas Center, Eastsound, WA
2000 Maude Kearns Art Center solo exhibit, Eugene, OR