Caroline Kwas

“I have painted in oil since I first picked up a brush over thirty years ago. I’ve always loved bold splashes of color, and the strong lines I use stems from my love of geometry and math.  Layers of oil paint yield rich colors that reflect my emotional response to nature.” 

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Inner Glow 
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Magic Desert Garden
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Mountain’s Reflection
Oil on Canvas
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Biography 

Caroline Kwas is a native of Long Island, NY, and learned early the peace and solitude that comes from nature as she roamed the fields, woods, and beautiful Atlantic beaches which would guide her later artistic pursuits.

A chance sighting of the Arizona Fine Art Expo call-for-artists quickly changed her direction from full-time teacher to full-time artist.  She was accepted to the three month show, and fell in love with the Southwest.  The wide open vistas began to influence the direction of her art, and she began to explore abstraction of natural forms. Inspired by masters such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne and Ed Mell, she earned recognition within the National Parks System, where she was Artist-in-Residence at Mojave National Preserve in 2016.  Winters in the Sonoran Desert continue to inspire her paintings, and at her home in Stillwater, Nevada, where the high desert and its surrounding mountains meet water, she has found the best of both worlds for being a landscape painter.

Artist’s Statement:
I have painted in oil since I first picked up a brush over thirty years ago. I’ve always loved bold splashes of color, and the strong lines I use stems from my love of geometry and math.  Layers of oil paint yield rich colors that reflect my emotional response to nature. I set down sharp lines which acknowledge the mathematical patterns that are repeated throughout nature; I let them flow across the canvas and the colors sing.

The vast expanses of the Southwest required a shift in my perspective when I encountered these awe-inspiring vistas.  A purely realistic approach was not going to express the sacred spaces I felt here.

I am continually inspired by the colors of mystical dawns and fiery sunsets of the Southwest, and by the multitude of life in this harsh environment.  The saguaro cactus, beyond being the ubiquitous icon of the desert, represents life force and the ability to thrive under adverse conditions. It in particular is a reflection of my spirit, and the riot of blossoms that appear every spring are an homage to the beautiful and multifaceted views of our own souls bursting forth with acceptance of our own true selves.