Tapestry weaving has a rich tradition and unique expression in many cultures. Carolyn was drawn to tapestry weaving through the dynamic geometric designs of Navajo weavers in the American southwest. Along with learning traditional weaving techniques, she developed a feeling for the rhythm of counting and connecting threads and also the symbolism of woven design. Each tapestry is both a response to the basic structure of weaving and also an exploration of geometric forms, numerical rhythms, or unexpected imagery that emerges at the loom without prior design.
Using the medium of acrylic painting, Carolyn generates dynamic abstract imagery in a variety of ways that reflect her long-time exploration of colour, geometry, nature forms, and rhythmic patterning. Some works she creates using a spontaneous, gestural approach; others use mark making that evokes textures of textiles; and, in combination with block printing, others embody geometric lattices and patterns. Recent works emphasize the canvas as a textured fabric with layers of interconnecting lines. The interplay of colour contrasts, harmonies, and rhythms is a hallmark of Carolyn’s paintings.