"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 moved to the music at hand, 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, her love of reading and her search for the truth. As a west coast girl she spent many days in nature, first daydreaming in a tree in California, then working and living in river-filled southern and central Oregon, moving to Orcas Island in Washington and back to California where she grew up. Currently, she lives with the color saturated sunsets of Arizona and the majestic coastal redwoods of northern California.
“I have always been in awe of nature’s energy and the beauty all around us. I also am in awe of the unseen forces that are present in the universe, the energy that all life comes from and is part of. Painting is how I speak my truth.”
While living and teaching in Oregon, she developed her knowledge and skills in art, obtaining a Masters degree in Art Education in orderto teach high school art which she did 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. When she turned forty she made a pilgrimage to Abique, New Mexico after reading an inspirational biography of Georgia O”Keefe. “She changed my life; she was an amazing artist and human being.”
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 work is on her website ww.carolynwayland.com and on her Facebook page, carolynwaylandstudio. 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. She is a member of the Tucson Contemporary Arts Society and the Tubac Center for the Arts.
Her paintings glow with an inner radiance and are a mindscape of thrilling color and vibrancy reflecting both her internal and external experiences.
Carolyn Wayland in Cuba!
The art and artists there are amazing!
2016 Best In Show award, TCA
2000 Duchess Award for outstanding art educator, Maude Kearns Art Center, Eugene, OR
1998 Oregon Art Educator of the Year award
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
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
2019 TVAA First Annual Exhibit, Tubac, AZ
2019 Aqueous juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Member's Juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac,
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 of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2018 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio, Tubac, AZ
2017 “1000 Words” juried exhibit, Columbia Center of the Arts, Hood River, OR
2017 “19” juried show, Tubac Art Center, Tubac, AZ2017 Emerald Art Center juried show, Springfield, Oregon2017 Art of Planetary Science show, Tucson, AZ
2017 Contemporary Art Society juried show, Tucson, AZ.
2017 Tubac Art Center juried show, Aqueous”, Tubac, ZA
2016 Tubac Art Center Member’s Show, Best in Show award
2016 Arizona 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 Hall Gallery, , Tubac, AZ
2014 Tubac Art Center Member’s Juried Show, Tubac, AZ
2014 Tubac Art Center Member’s Show, Tubac, AZ
2014 Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour, Tubac, AZ
2014 Tucson Museum of Art, “The Arts Speak”, Tucson, AZ
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 August2011 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
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