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Spring is here! April Art Fairs From North Carolina to Florida…

The weather is perfect for outdoor events so you have lots to choose from this month. The following is a list of mostly juried art fairs and exhibits from North Carolina through Florida. Take a few minutes to plan your weekends now!


  • Embracing Our Differences
  • Ongoing exhibit
  • Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way we accomplish this is through our annual international art exhibition in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. The juried exhibit consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote.
  • Art in the Park Series
  • April 2
  • Naples, FL
  • Naples Art proudly connects artists with art shoppers in another exciting season of Art in the Park. Since 1957, Art in the Park has showcased the talents of artists and is believed to be the first outdoor art show held in Naples. Art in the Park carries on the tradition of providing our community access to the very creative fine art and craftwork of local artists.
  • The 12th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival
  • April 2-3
  • 700 South Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Enjoy an afternoon filled with arts & culture. The 12th Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival will feature artists’ tents, arranged gallery-style and filled with all mediums of fine art at this free, outdoor event.
  • Residents and visitors are invited to stroll amidst life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics and more from the local and national artists who are on site to discuss their inspirations and processes for each hand-made work. The Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival is family-friendly and pets on leashes are always welcomed.
  • Old Florida Celebration the Arts
  • April 9-10
  • Cedar Key, FL
  • Over the past 15 years, the festival’s reputation has grown and it is now recognized as one of the top Small-Town Art Fairs in the nation. Welcoming only 100 high-quality artists and about 15-18,000 visitors annually, the event radiates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere often missing in larger venues. 
  • Old Town Art Show
  • April 9-10
  • Francis (Events) Field, 25 W. Castillo Dr., Saint Augustine, FL 
  • The Old Town Art Show is juried art and craft show consisting of outstanding artists and craftsmen from Northeast Florida and around the country. The jury committee carefully selects only the best work submitted in each category assuring well-rounded quality art and craft show.
  • You’ll find everything from exquisite jewelry to funky and functional pottery, abstract sculpture to glistening glass, hand-woven fashions to stunning photography, extraordinary paintings to wonderful wood carvings; this is a show you won’t want to miss!
  • Mainsail Art Festival
  • April 16-17
  • Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Mainsail Art Festival is ranked one of the Top 14 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America’s premier art show and festival guide. Mainsail is held in a waterfront park with a wide variety of art from which to choose. This vibrant event features 200 artists chosen from 1,000 applicants, which assures some very good quality artwork.
  • 2022 Chain of Parks Art Festival
  • April 23-24
  • Downtown historic city park system known as the ‘Chain of Parks’, Tallahassee, FL
    Nationally ranked in the Top 100 Fine Art Festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine for 6 years running, this annual two-day festival draws tens of thousands of people from the Big Bend Southeast region to see 150 juried artists who have traveled from all over the country to display their original fine art works.The two-day festival is free and open to the public.
  • St. Johns River Festival of the Arts
  • April 30-May 1
  • Downtown Sanford, FL
  • See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations and create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend. Enjoy gourmet tastes at our ‘Culinary Arts Court’ while you listen to the sounds of acoustic performers.


  • Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival
  • April 2-3
  • Postell Park, 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
  • Over 70 talented artists and skilled artisans from around the region will display an impressive and eclectic collection of handmade artwork. Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of two dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal and glass. Homegrown beauty products, botanicals and gourmet goodies are also available to delight the senses. This festival is held in the beautiful live oak covered Postell Park in the heart of the Pier village, just steps from the ocean on Saint Simons Island.
  • Festival on Ponce
  • April 2-3
  • Shadyside Park, Oak Grove Park, and Springdale Park, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.
  • Acworth Art Fest
  • April 10-11
  • 4835 N Main St, Acworth, GA
  • This perfect art-buyers destination will host booths from over fifty whimsical and talented artisans from around the country. For this year’s Art Fest, modifications will be made to the event layout with artist booths arranged to allow more space between vendors and provide ease of travel on Main Street. These creative booths will feature paintings, pottery, folk art, jewelry, and much more! Visitors won’t want to miss out on the delicious fare from Acworth’s own eateries and delectable treats in the food court. 
  • Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition
  • April 15-June 3, 2022
  • Opening reception: Friday, April 15, 2022, 6 – 8 p.m. Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
  • GWS hosts their National Exhibition annually, which is open to any artist working in water media. The work of 79 artists will be part of the exhibition.
  • April 16-17
  • 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
  • The Sandy Springs area is a vibrant, upscale, family friendly community just north of Buckhead and Atlanta. This event will feature up to 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands-on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages. Plus, there will be artistic activities for children!
  • Wesleyan Artist Market
  • April 29-30, 2022
  • Wesleyan School, Atlanta, GA
  • Each year, the Wesleyan Artist Market hosts approximately 80 professional artists from across the region. The Wesleyan Artist Market is a fine art, jewelry, and fine wares show. It is one of the premier school-sponsored art shows in the Southeast. Exhibiting artists are in attendance for the entire duration of the show. Per Wesleyan School tradition, we will also host select Wesleyan student artists in 2022.
  • Duluth Arts Festival
  • April 20-May 1
  • Downtown Duluth GA
  • This festival is an art festival for Artists by Artists, letting the artist have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, plus gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives and music and dance performances. 

North Carolina

  • Art on the Green
  • April 23-24
  • Davidson, NC
  • Davidson’s juried art festival features booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from both on-site vendors and area restaurants. Join us for an exciting weekend filled with visual, musical and culinary arts! 
  • Spring Daze
  • April 30
  • Bond Park, Cary, NC
  • The annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is a juried North Carolina art show, inviting approximately 170 artists to exhibit at Bond Park. The annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival gives a true nod to the artistry and creativity that makes up the state of North Carolina, welcoming 170 local artists. Embodying the importance of sustainability through an Earth Day Celebration, encouraging an active lifestyle with outdoor sporting activities, and bringing the community together at no cost, Spring Daze is a highly anticipated festival each year! Guests can also expect to find toe-tapping entertainment on four stages, delicious food and several activities for the kids. 

South Carolina

  • The Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival 2022
  • April 1-3
  • Summerville Family YMCA
  • Over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale. The Flowertown Festival is the Y’s premiere fundraiser founded in 1973 to support health and wellness programs at the Y. Every spring, thousands of people visit Summerville to see nature’s bounty awash in color, from the hot pink azaleas, to the purple wisteria, to the delicate white dogwood. On this three-day weekend, festival-goers transcend this gracious Southern town to take in the flowers and hospitality and attend one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast: The Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival.
  • April 5 5-8 pm
  • Downtown Aiken, SC
  • During Masters week in beautiful Historic Downtown Aiken, SC, the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department, the City of Aiken Arts Commission, and Aiken Downtown Development Association present the 11th annual Aiken Art Walk. This event brings together emerging and established visual and performing artists, farmers and artisans, arts organizations, locals, and tourists alike. Delight in the musical talents of street side performers while you peruse pop-up shops of 40 gifted artisans. Downtown shops will be open late. Admission is free!
  • April 9th & 10th, 10am-4pm
  • 509 Farrow pky, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588
  • Seacoast Artist Guild is sponsoring their annual Art in Common Spring Festival located on the beautiful Market Commons grounds. Come & support the areas local artists showcasing their one of a kind paintings & photography, jewelry, pottery, decorative stone, glass items and so much more! Admissions free so bring the whole family including your 4 legged friend to see the creative side of Myrtle Beach.
  • APRIL 23, 2022 9-4
  • Sumter Memorial Park
  • 417 W Hampton Ave, Sumter SC
  • There will be art and craft vendors, live entertainment – including musical artist Johnny Hilton and Friends, food, beverages and FREE children art and craft activities throughout the day and NEW this year Green Vendors (Earth Day educational / demonstrations -support for environmental protection).  
  • Artfields
  • April 22-30
  • Lake City, SC
  • THE SOUTH’S MOST ENGAGING ART COMPETITION AND FESTIVAL The Lake City ArtFields Collective is a community arts non profit located in Lake City, South Carolina. We were founded in 2013 with a mission to celebrate Southern art and revitalize our small town through the arts. Our flagship event, ArtFields, turns the town into a gallery as local businesses display hundreds of artworks and artists compete for $100,000 in prizes. During the year, our three galleries feature rotating exhibitions to not only provide a place for artists to showcase their work, but also to create access to the arts for an underserved area. A robust public art collection and art education for South Carolina youth finish off our ever-growing art based programs.
  • The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn
  • April 23-24
  • 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • A juried fine art and craft show on the grounds of historic Honey Horn at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Stroll through artists’ booths under historic live oaks to find that perfect piece of original art to take home. Fine art and craft in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and mediums will be available for purchase during this weekend. The event will host artists from as far away as Connecticut and Wisconsin, and well-known local artists will share the spotlight during this weekend-long event. $5/adult
  • Soiree
  • April 29-30
  • Downtown Anderson, South Carolina
  • Over 50 artists will be set up along the streets of downtown Anderson selling original handcrafted works. This community-led festival, hosted by the City of Anderson, will provide an entertaining two-day cultural experience attracting visitors from near and far. Visitors will enjoy live performances with multiple stages, visual artists selling original handcrafted works and delicious food prepared by some of Anderson’s finest chefs. It is fun for the whole family with creative activities planned especially for children and the young at heart! 
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How Art Is Making People More Self-Aware

Did you know that looking at art can help you make better decisions? It can also help you overcome bias and become more self-aware. This is the premise of a new book, Fixed: How to Perfect the Fine Art of Problem Solving, by Amy E. Herman.

The author knows what she’s talking about, not just because she’s an art historian, but also because she runs a consulting company, Art of Perception, that uses art to teach people to change how they look at the world. In a recent interview with the Think podcast, Ms. Herman explained how she’s helped a wide variety of people–from medical students and business executives to cops and even former prisoners–to broaden their perception by looking at art.

Cover of the book Fixed. by Amy E. Herman

What makes her method effective is viewing art together. She asks participants in her workshops to explain what they see when they look at a particular piece of art. Even when they’re looking at something that seems straightforward, like a portrait, no two people see the same painting or photograph exactly the same way. Listening to others’ different viewpoints helps people notice things they overlooked the first time they saw the piece of art, and encourages them to look at it in a new way.

Herman says that people can even learn from looking at art they dislike. The key is articulating why you dislike the art, and listening to someone else give their impression of the same piece. By looking at photographs and paintings instead of charts and spreadsheets, she has taught people to examine details differently in their regular jobs, and to question their first impressions of what they see.

This is something you can try yourself. Take a friend to an art gallery, or look at a favorite piece of art on the wall of your home with a family member. Take turns saying what you see in the piece, and listening to the other person’s impression of the art. Notice how your perceptions of the same thing can differ.

You don’t have to be an artist or art historian to have an opinion about art, Herman asserts. Art is meant to be looked at, and every one of us is welcome to see something different in it.

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Introducing Our New Artist: Pamela Moore

Portrait of artist, Pamela Moore.

Portrait of artist, Pamela Moore.It is our pleasure to introduce you to our newest artist, Pamela  Moore! We first noticed Pamela’s work via her exhibit at the Aiken Center for the Arts. We were inspired by her style and intrigued by her religious icon paintings. 

Pamela’s work can be found in Europe and the United States. She attended Mannheim/Heidleberg University were she studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design. For eight years, she worked in graphic design for Lufthansa Airlines. After returning to the US, Pamela became the Master Artist for Habersham Fine Furniture in Tocca, Georgia. Habersham bought the licensing for the Monet Collection and Pamela’s specialty was painting Monets on armoires. After eight years, she moved to Edgefield, South Carolina where she opened an art store, started the Edgefield Regional Arts and the Edgefield Theatre. Now, she resides in our beautiful little city of Aiken where she creates the wonderful work you will see in Embrace Gallery, takes commissions, and teaches several students. You can see her gallery here

Sampling of paintings by Aiken, South Carolina artist, Pamela Moore.
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Art Terms: What is an Emerging Artist?

man painting pictures
Photo by Ari He on Unsplash

At Embrace Gallery, we like to give you information to help you understand the art world so you will be comfortable buying art for your home, workplace and as gifts.

Today we will consider the career stages of an artist. I’m sure you have heard the terms describing where an artist is in his or her career: emerging, mid-career, or established artist. The progression of an artist’s career is much more important to the artist than the art collector, but it is good to know how to think about these terms no matter your role.

One would think the term “emerging artist” refers to young artists just out of their MFA programs and “mid-career artist” to ones who have developed their talents to a certain level. But there are many older artists who are just beginning to achieve a basic level of skill, and many unique and talented artists who never get much attention from galleries and art publications because they spend all of their time creating. What level an artist has attained in terms of his or her career has more to do with marketing, business savvy and development of a unique or signature style.

There is no agreed-upon definition for the stages, but the following themes come out over and over in the literature:

Emerging artists have been busy practicing, experimenting with styles, various media, and subjects. They are starting to hit their groove and define their own particular style or brand. They are getting out into the community, sharing their work, entering juried shows, networking with gallery owners and managers and getting some recognition. They are beginning to understand what it takes to get their names out there, and are committing time to the business side of their studios.

Mid-career artists are producing enough work for several shows each year. Their styles are continuing to emerge as they grow as artists, but their work is recognizable. They have good fan bases. Mid-career artists have gallery representation, work hard to keep their names out there, and know their value. They often sell prints along with original artwork.

Established artists have a style that other artists emulate. They often have studio assistants, and employees running their business. They are making a good living from their art that commands top dollar and is increasing in value. 

We hope you are enjoying this little bit of art education that we provide. Take some time and look through our gallery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. If you are local to the Aiken, SC area we would be glad to arrange a studio visit with our Aiken artists. If there is an art topic you would like us to cover, please let us know in the comments.

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Gallery Wrapped Canvases: Why We Love Them

Oil painting of a Jekyll Island Georgia sunset

What is the difference between a canvas and a gallery wrapped canvas? You might see this term used to describe art for sale and wonder what exactly it’s describing.

A gallery wrapped canvas is one in which the canvas is stretched around the sides of the frame and stapled onto the back. The edges are often painted white, black, or a color that compliments the painting. Some artists tape the edges so they remain clean and unpainted. Almost all artists gallery wrap their canvases. We love gallery wraps because they may be hung immediately without need of framing. 

Stretched canvas usually refers to a painting where the canvas is secured to the sides of the stretcher frame, requiring a frame to cover the edges. You may see antique paintings that are secured like this.

A fad that we have seen lately is to sell canvases that are not stretched at all. Artwork is painted on loose canvas, just like a piece of fabric. Some pieces like this are painted on stretched canvas, then removed from the frame for an industrial look. 

Right now, all of Embrace Gallery’s paintings that are on canvas are gallery wrapped canvases. If one isn’t, we will let you know in its description. As always, we are happy to answer your questions about any piece that interests you. We can take additional photos, have the artist video chat with you and show you the painting, or if you are local we can arrange for you to see the art in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at!

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Love Conveyance? Handmade vs Mass Production

The Japanese Footbridge painting by Claude Monet

In June, Susanna and I started Embrace Gallery because we know the value of original works of art. We have experienced the joy of owning one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures. We know that this art, though sometimes more expensive, is much more valuable than any factory-made reproductions for sale at the big box stores. We live in a world of fast fashion where price is very important in the purchase decision and things are designed to be thrown away instead of repaired. There are many costs to this kind of consumerism that are not reflected in the price tag. Instead of focusing on the costs, I thought it would be more enlightening to list some of the benefits of buying handmade originals.


No one in the world will have exactly the same painting. You will not see it in your neighbor’s house. Your selection makes you unique and your home unique. Each piece has its own story, the story of the artist and the inspiration behind the piece. As the owner of a piece of original art, you become part of the story.

Supporting artists and their communities

Buying an original piece of art allows an artist to spend time creating works of art that make our spaces more pleasant to inhabit.  Mass-produced art is made by companies who are responsible to their stockholders, and therefore use the cheapest possible workforce. Give your money to the artist and it stays within the community.

Breaking the consumer-to-trash-bin cycle

An artist would never spend days creating a painting with low-quality paints on a low-quality canvas. One-of-a-kind pieces are quality items that you will cherish and hand down to the next generation. In the age of fast fashion, mass-produced goods don’t have to be quality, they just have to be on trend and inexpensive. Keep your purchase out of the landfill and reduce your carbon footprint by carefully selecting art that will last.

Love Conveyance

In a study I read comparing handmade goods to mass-produced goods, the authors explain that the love in love conveyance is the producer’s love for his or her work making handmade products. Love is evident in the years of work developing his/her skill, the planning and inspiration that went into the creation of each item. 

According to the literature, this love is transferred from the creator to the user. This explains the indescribable difference between the feeling of viewing original art versus a print. I remember the first time I went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and viewed The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet. I had seen many prints, but to actually see the blobs of paint on the canvas–indescribable! 

You may not be able to afford a Monet, but there are lots of works of art you can afford that will bring you more joy in their original form than you can get from a mass-produced print of a Monet. The Love Conveyance seems to be lost in translation.

Hsu, Yi & Ngoc, Nguyen Anh (2016). The Handmade Effect: What is Special about Buying Handmade. International Review of Management and Business Research, 5(2), 594-609.

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Learning Art Terms: What is Impasto?

textured paint surface in white, blue and green with a raised circle
Detail of Kure Beach by Carolyn DiGiovanni

Impasto, the Italian word for mixture, means a thick application of a pigment to a surface so brush strokes or palette knife marks are visible. It can also mean a raised decoration on ceramic.

Artists can use either oil or acrylic paint for impasto technique. Oil works fine by itself, but acrylic paint needs a thickener added to it to make it viscous enough. An artist layers the paint on with a brush or a palette knife, almost sculpting with the paint to add raised detail. Because the paint is so thick, some impasto paintings can take weeks to dry.

Examples of famous artists who used this style are Leonardo DaVinci and Claude Monet. Impasto is a favorite of impressionist painters because it works well with a less precise, more energetic painting style. Impasto gives a painting a three-dimensional look, letting the viewer really see the shape of the artist’s brush strokes.

Our artist, Carolyn DiGiovanni, uses this technique in her work. Her signature is a raised circle that you will see on all her paintings. She uses tissue paper, cheesecloth or whatever she can find mixed with a hardening agent. After the raised sections of her paintings are adhered, she tells us she “uses about a hundred layers of paint. Mostly pure pigments are used to mix the color to my liking. I use texture to begin with because it adds so much depth to the work..”

Here are a few examples of her work.

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How is The Word Medium Used in Art?

Oil paint tubes on a work surface

The art world can seem out of reach for non artists who would like to collect and display art in  their homes. At Embrace Gallery, we are making it our mission to take down the barriers and help make everyone feel welcome. We are doing that by sharing excellent art by talented regional artists online. We are always available to help you through the process of selecting art that is right for you. You can find our contact information here. Today we thought we would explain the term medium and how it is used in the art world.

Medium is the term that refers to the substance used to create a piece of art (acrylic, oil, canvas, or wood). When you look at the descriptions of the paintings in Embrace Gallery, you will see that our current artists work with either acrylic paints or oil paints. Currently our gallery contains paintings on stretched canvas or wooden boards. I believe we have one framed watercolor on watercolor paper available in our gallery. Debbie Black prefers oils, but uses watercolors when she is away from her studio because they are easy to transport and clean up. Carolyn DiGiovanni is a “mixed media” artist combining acrylic paints with materials that add texture to her pieces.

There are other types of media commonly used by artists today-pastels, textiles, watercolors, colored pencils, graphite, charcoal to name a few. Typically an artist will explore various media until they find the one that works best for them. Art of course, art is not limited to two dimensions. Examples of three dimensional artists are sculptors, potters, and ceramic artists who use their own varied types of media such as clay, marble, metals etc.. Today there are artists whose work only exists in the digital realm being displayed on monitors. I am sure you have heard of the NFTs -non-fungible tokens that have been all over the news.

Before the 1500’s tempera paint was the primary painting medium in the west until it was overtaken in popularity by oil paints. Tempera paint is a fast drying medium of pigments (colors) often mixed with egg yolks. Poster paints of today are often called tempera paints but are very different from the original.

Oil paint consists of pigments (colors) that are held together with an oil that dries when exposed to air. Originally the pigments were ground substances found in nature, but now we have the ability to create synthetic pigments. The benefits of painting with oil is the slow drying time giving the artist time to blend paints and easily create gradients of color and shading. The disadvantages can also be the slow drying time making it take longer to create a piece of work. The oils can be toxic so care must be taken with this medium. Special cleaners must be used on brushes to remove the paint.

Acrylic paint is made of pigments suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, plasticizers, silicone oils, defamers, stabilizers or metal soaps. The benefits of acrylic paints is that they dry quickly so artists don’t have to wait as long to apply paints with hard lines. Clean up is easy with soap and water. Disadvantages are that paints dry so quickly, it can be difficult to blend and shade areas of the painting. 

Artists are always looking for ways to improve their paints. They have developed various additives they can mix with paint to slow drying time of acrylic paints or speed the drying time of oil paints giving the artists more time.

We hope you have found this information useful! If you have an art topic that you’d like to learn more about, let us know in the comments! Have a wonderful day-go out and see some art!!!

Featured Image of oil paints by Melissa Wiese

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Introducing Carolyn DiGiovanni- our newest artist!

Carolyn DiGiovanni is a well-known abstract impressionistic mixed-media artist in the Charlotte metropolitan arts community.

With a strong belief that art is at the core of her essence, Carolyn has spent a lifetime developing her unique form of creative expression. The joy with which she approaches her studio time is reflected in the resonance of her works. She brings her intuitive understanding of color, texture, essence and psyche into each creation. 

A New Jersey native, Carolyn has studied in Florence, Italy and the Pacific Northwest. Working in acrylics, she often mixes pure pigments to get the color and density just right. Carolyn prefers to paint on wood panels, saying that surface holds her thick, textured paintings so well. You will find her signature circle on each piece. She says the circle represents many truths in life, but the one she mentions most is our our universal connection: the circle of life.

See all of her work at on her gallery page.

Carolyn DiGiovanni poses in front of her painting Sunflower Explosion