Carolyn was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and spent many hours drawing as a child. Following graduation from interior design school Carolyn formed her own design firm which she ran for 18 years. She and her husband have traveled extensively worldwide absorbing the wonderful art, cultures and cuisine’s around the globe. In 2000 she and her husband retired to the Sierra foothills and she began to paint in earnest.
Carolyn has found it fulfilling to pursue her interest in art following her career in interior design. After years of technical drawing she’s finding joy in learning to be interpretive with subject matter and materials. The beauty and diversity of nature never fail to excite her, and has led to her recent series of paintings of dry creek beds in response to the ongoing drought.
Her work has received ribbons in the Yosemite Western Artists shows, the Sierra Artists Gallery, and a Best in Show in 2015 from The Alliance of California Artists. Her paintings have been featured in two art books, two online exhibits by The Pastel Society of the West Coast, the Yosemite Renaissance exhibit and most recently received a grand prize awarded by the Yosemite Conservancy. More of her work can be seen at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, Oakhurst Frameworks, Circle Gallery in Madera and on her website carolynhartling.com
Preferred Media: mixedmedia, painting, pastel, sketch