15x11 inch, Watercolor
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Southern California native, Carolyn Lord (1956- ) was introduced to the "California Regionalist Watercolor" tradition by James Green in 1975 while attending Principia College, in Elsah, Illinois. During summer vacation she attended watercolor workshops with Rex Brandt, George Post, and Robert E Wood. Her Liberal Arts studies included Botany and Architectural History which have been enduring motifs throughout her art career.
Two months after college graduation in 1978, Lord had her first solo show at the Maybeck Gallery, Elsah Illinois. The following month, she began exhibiting in Carmel, California, at the Fireside Gallery alongside watercolorists Millard Sheets, Tom Hill, Tom Nicolas, and Gerald Brommer. Lord attended a two week watercolor workshop by Millard Sheets in 1979. In 1983, Millard Sheets recommended Lord's work to his son David and daughter-in-law, Susan, who were opening the Stary-Sheets Fine Arts, Gualala, California. These 2 galleries were instrumental in establishing her career while she had yearly solo-shows of watercolors, 1980-1995.
Lord's early-career capitalized on watercolor's portability. There were road trips in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado as well as international trips to Brasil, Denmark, England, Italy, US and British Virgin Islands, Mexico, and French Polynesia. Lord's mid-career work has been focused on the vernacular architecture, landscape, and gardens in her home state of California.