Carolyn McDonald grew up in a small town in the countryside of Jamaica. As a child she loved to paint and draw, and has always delighted in the vibrant colours, varied textures and rhythms of the tropics
She obtained her B.A in Fine Art and teaching certificate in Ontario, Canada. On returning to Jamaica, she had several exhibitions, and was influenced by the rich artistic traditions on the island.
Carolyn then moved back to Canada, making her home in British Columbia where she has continued to teach and paint. Her art is often inspired by her travels and also by the play of light that transforms everyday scenes and landscapes into special and imaginative interpretations.
Her paintings invite the viewer to fill in the stories of special places that may seem familiar and yet hold a sense of mystery. She works both abstractly and realistically.
Carolyn has exhibited in B.C, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. She has given workshops on teaching art to children, and with Art Starts, she worked as an artist in the schools. She taught art at high school, college level, and in her studio. She was also a primary teacher.
Carolyn now lives at Cherry Point with her husband, has retired from teaching, and is able to devote more time to her art. Her home studio/gallery is open by appointment.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division