Carolyn Dubuque - Fall 2005
Carolyn Dubuque was the Featured Artist for the 2005 Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts. The subject matter of Carolyn’s paintings comes from two main sources. Each day, she sees striking natural forms and tries to portray what she sees and feels in her work. Frequently, her imagination takes control and a painting is created from her inside world.
In all cases, she uses a strong sense of design and hard edges to abstract subjects. She usually paints in a two dimensional format using vivid colors to portray her feelings. Her abstract paintings reflect concepts of an organized but fluid world. Carolyn’s paintings are striking and frequently amusing. She likes viewers to respond to the beauty she finds in the world, sometimes with a smile.
Carolyn feels a strong response to the paintings of Arthur Dove and Paul Gauguin. The simplicity of shapes in Dove's work is instinctively attractive to her. In her work, she tries to integrate this simplicity with the flat, complex, vibrant style of Gauguin. For many years, Carolyn studied the culture and painting of Japan and believes that some of this influence is also evident in her work.
Carolyn experiments with many media, but the majority of her work is in watercolor and acrylic.
These media give her the best means of achieving spectacular color combinations. Her application of paint is usually with full intensity. This strength of color projects Carolyn’s feelings about the subjects. In her mixed media work, she uses pencil, crayon, printing inks and collage, depending upon her vision for the painting. Our mixed-media featured choice is Carolyn’s “Tucson Mountain Pass.”