Photograph of Artist CAROLYN ALSTON THOMAS
CAROLYN ALSTON THOMAS
Indianapolis, Indiana - United States



Original Artworks (20)

Carolyn Alston Thomas; Tulum Tree, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8.1 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  This is done from a photo of a tree that I took on the grounds of the Mayan Ruins at Tulum MX. When I travel I am always seeing beautiful things that I have to capture and bring home in hopes of making some beautiful paintings. I ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
8.1 x 10 inches (20.6 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Watchmen, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 6.1 x 3.8 inches. Artwork description: 241     This is a watercolor. I have family in Vietnam. This is from a photo that I believe was taken by my sister on a visit to that beautiful country.    ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
6.1 x 3.8 inches (15.5 x 9.7 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Vietnam Landscape, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 7 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241    This is a watercolor. I have family in Vietnam. This is from a photo that I believe was taken by my sister on a visit to that beautiful country.   ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
7 x 10 inches (17.8 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; The Journey, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241     This is a print from the original acrylic painting  ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Boston Terrier Pup 2, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241    This is  a watercolor I did for my niece upon special request.   ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Boston Terrier Pup 1, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241   This is  a watercolor I did for my niece upon special request.  ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2013
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Adult Boston Terrier, 2013, Original Printmaking Giclee, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  This is  a watercolor I did for my niece upon special request. ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee, 2013
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Three Women Number Five, 2010, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241   This painting won a recent award. I mention more about it in my blog of May 2, 2010. Essentially it started me on a new path in my journey as an artist.  ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Nude In A Landscape, 2010, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 24 x 18 inches.
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2010
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Ignoring The Owl, 2010, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241   A work from my imagination. It can mean whatever you like. I know what it means to me....
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Three Figures, 2009, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  The image of three people is one that I frequently return to. This one is done in a mixture of crayon and tempera paint. It is a medium that I thoroughly enjoy. My version is similar to a scratch off technique but I have my own way ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2009
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Patch Of Iris, 2009, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 10 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241   Iris originally painted in acrylics on canvas available as a print...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2009
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Gift Bouquet, 2009, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241  For the past several years, when someone gives me flowers, I have photographed them with the idea of painting them. I love flowers and always have and this is just a way of appreciating them. They also are a subject that I can be quite free in ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2009
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Flower Bouquet, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241  When I receive gifts of flowers, I like to paint them so that I can keep them forever. This is a bouquet I especially liked. The vase interested me and the arrangement was perfect for that vase. ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; The Object Looks Back, 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 10 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241 The Object Looks Back was inspired by my favorite quote by James Joyce.  Any object deeply contemplated can be a window on the universe....
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2000
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Lies, 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 10 x 8 inches. Artwork description: 241 This piece is done in pastel....
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2000
10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Singing Lady In Her Priva..., 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241 This  work suggests a feeling about private moments. Small inexpensive posters of this work are available by contacting the artist....
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2000
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Artist With Tools, 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 8 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Originally a watercolor...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2000
8 x 20 inches (20.3 x 50.8 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; Garden Walk, 2002, Original Mixed Media, 24 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241 When I made this image, I lived in a wooded environment. I got into the landscape and enjoyed trying to grow things in the shade. I would often take strolls to study the plants and to think. This image portrays some of the magic I felt in ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Mixed Media, 2002
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Carolyn Alston Thomas; The Journey, 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee - Open Edition, 108 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 This piece evolved from an image in one of my sketchbooks. It was actually an image that I had  had in my mind for quite awhile. I did several preliminary sketches including a value  sketch before going on to complete the work in acrylic. I do not ...
Carolyn Alston Thomas
Original Giclee - Open Edition, 2000
108 x 20 inches (274.3 x 50.8 cm)
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Artist Statement

Artist's Statement

My art is intuitive. I usually need something to trigger my imagination. I will look around me for something that clicks in me, and then build my images on that. What I see serves as a point of departure for the works that ensue.
I use my art to express what I feel and understand about myself, my life,the people in my life, and in my surroundings. My work reflects my emotional attachments, and the content of my daily experiences. All through my early work there are common subjects that are repeated in various ways.
I prefer design over representation in all of my art.I have a passion for design and in my work I tend to favor pattern along with color and line.I am interested in nature as I observe it personally and as a resource. As for technique, I lean towards organic methods. Drawing and painting subjects from nature enriches my abilities, and keeps me aware of the organic nature of art.When I paint people as my subject it is with with an interest in their psychology and character.Recently I am incorporating the use of computers in my work by scanning my small sketches, and then refining and experimenting with them until I have a work with potential.I also draw and paint on the computer.The opportunities for expression through the use of computers are phenomenal and I hope to make use of their creative potential.
One thematic development in my work is images that simply emerge as I sketch in my sketchbook. They have have elements in them that are metaphoric. They evolve in a way that is similar to writing poetry. I am rarely conscious of them as ideas until they evolve one shape at a time. After the images are created, I can see where they come from and begin to understand their content . The process is something like dream analysis.
Experimentation with media is another strong element in my work. My art is fueled by my need to learn and to develop my skills. Like most artists, I never tire of learning. I work from life to sharpen my ability to see and from imagination to fashion my images.I experiment with technique, materials and imagery. I am inspired by the medium as much as by the subject.


Artist's Statement update for 2009


Although I was born in Kentucky and earned a place early on in my career in the Kentucky Women Artist's exhibition, I have spent most of my adult life in Indiana.


Some of my exhibitions include : A One Woman Show at the Anderson Fine Arts Center in Anderson, The Indiana State Fair (Professional Division), the Mid-Statess Art Exhibition, Evansville, IN, the Anderson Winter Show, Anderson IN and the Hoosier Salon, In my early career as an artist I won numerous awards both in Kentucky and Indiana.

Recently I won two awards in the student Professional Division at the Indianapolis Art Center. I won a Multi-media award and in December 2009 I won the Prizm award in the professional division. The latter was for an acrylic painting.These works were on display in the galleries.

My early work was comprized mostly of drawings and mixed media and I dabbled a little in oils and acrylics. Now since my teaching career is completed and my children are raised I am concentrating primarily in acrylic painting on canvas. I have been studying at the Indianapolis Art Center first under Caroline Mecklin and most recently under Farideh Peacock.

I feel that I am just beginning on my a new career in acrylic painting. I started the new career painting flowers but have since moved on to subject matter derived from a lifetime of drawing and sketching.I rejoice in the experience of seeing where my work will take me.

My art can be viewed on two of my websites and giclee prints can be purchased on my American Frame site.
To see my websites please go to Absolutearts.com or americanframe.com and type in my name.You can also find me among Kentucky Women Artists online.

Please note: You can purchase giclee prints of my work through Americanframe.com.The link is posted under links. I am also posting it here.

http://paik.absolutearts.com/cgi-bin/portfolio/art/links-page.cgi?login=marietheo&number=4338173


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