About the Artist - Carolee Clark

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Artist Carolee Clark’s passion for what she creates is so profound it is invariably translated in one-of-a-kind pieces that are her own treasures. Born with a paintbrush in her hand, Carolee’s mother was her inspiration to become an artist from very early on. “My mother always enjoyed painting and she would encourage me and my sisters to draw while she set up her easel. I’ve been drawing as far back as I can remember, but when I was 20, my mother gave me a small set of watercolors, and I was hooked. They unlocked a world of color for me,” she said. Carolee is not only known for her use of color, but also for her ability to switch mediums and continue to be uniquely recognized. She said she was nervous in the beginning to switch from her original love of watercolor to something a little different—acrylics. “I decided that I would experiment with a completely foreign subject matter, non-objective abstract, when I made the transition. I had a showing of the paintings in a local hospital, and sometime afterward, a woman came up to me and said she had known immediately that they were my paintings!” Growing up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Carolee and her sisters were given a picturesque backdrop to begin their familial love of landscapes. Although she said she’s always known that she wanted to pursue art as more than just a hobby, her parents were concerned over the financial struggles that she may have as an artist. They are called “starving artists,” after all. Carolee agreed with her parents and decided to go to business school to pursue a degree in economics. After college, she opened a business, which provided freelance secretarial and office services to small businesses. After the business grew, Carolee was able to sell it for a smart profit. Her first instinct was to start another business, but she ended up listening to her gut and following her heart. “I realized that I didn’t want to reinvest in another venture and delay my desire to follow artistic endeavors. I wanted to enjoy life doing the things I love. I decided that I would live more frugally and focus on the things that make me happy,” she said. Soon after, Carolee met her husband and began painting for a living. She doesn’t need spectacular landscapes or supernatural scenes to create a beautiful painting. In fact, the opposite seems to be true. Most of her paintings are of very common scenes—cars, every day landscapes, homes, etc. What makes them different, is her unique ability to transform those every day scenes into something spectacular through her use of color, in addition to her sheer talent. From Oregon to South Carolina, Carolee’s artwork can be found in a nationwide list of art galleries, as well as on the Internet. She has been featured on the cover of the Portuguese Journal, Bethesda Magazine, Calyx Journal and Psicolo-gia. Now that art has become more than a hobby, Carolee likes to golf, care for her three cats and experience new adventures with her husband in her spare time. Carolee’s art reminds you that it is possible to bring personal passions to life. She is a pretty awesome businesswoman, but it’s obvious she was born to be the artist she is today. To learn about and see more of Carolee Clark’s art or purchase one of her works go to www.caroleeclark.com or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..