Carolyn Dodson GrimmCarolyn Dodson-Grimm is a painter fond of abstraction. Although she has training in traditional art and portraiture, Carolyn enjoys the freedom of abstraction. She is inspired by what she sees in the real world, but infuses her work with a creativity and energy that give the image new life. Some of her paintings look like landscapes- sandy deserts and rusty mesas interrupted with bursts of vibrant color . Other paintings resemble wild bouquets, full of energetic brushstrokes that seem unsure whether they want to dance or battle. By mixing the outer world of experience with the inner world of the artist, Carolyn creates paintings that feel like half-remembered dreams, at once familiar and exotic. Her work impels an emotional response that urges us to look more closely, and decipher the mystery in the heart of her work.Come by Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment to meet Carolyn and her work. You can find them both in her third floor studio, 318.

Carolyn loves what paint does, applying it onto the canvas in a variety of ways whether it’s smooth and matter-of-fact, thin, with a variety of background colors popping through here and there, or thick and luscious – so much so, that it feels “yummy.” In fact, she uses paint to express her thoughts, feelings and experiences. “Paint is the vehicle I use to get my emotions out. I use it to express how I feel about everything from a beautiful landscape, to the love I feel for my husband and children.”

Although Carolyn expresses her painting in an Abstract Expressionist style, she has been trained in traditional methods throughout many of her years of schooling. From Texas to New York to Nashville Tennessee and now to Huntsville Alabama, Carolyn has both taken classes and taught them. “I see shapes, color combinations, contrasts and all kinds of ways to change a vase of flowers, a simple landscape, or the beauty of a couple sharing their love for one another, into a work of art. I add a spiritual component to each piece of work whenever possible. Life offers so much subject matter to work with, all I do is capture the emotion of the moment and put it down on canvas!”

Carolyn moved to Huntsville in early 2014 and enjoys her life in Alabama with her new husband. “Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. I don’t want to miss a moment of it and whenever possible, I’ll capture each of those moments with a painting.”
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