About the Artist: MFA (1977), M.DIV (2010) Moving to Portland (1981) from the East Coast, Carolyn Wilhelm has taught college classes in landscape, figure painting, and portraiture in oils and watercolor. Her paintings have been shown in galleries on both Coasts. Raised a Quaker in Philadelphia, Carolyn gradually began to paint in an “expectant silence”, where her “listening into the silence” began to inform her work. From this open-ended process The Soldier Series (1990) emerged. Working with a Vietnam Veteran, it is about how a soldier heals from war. The exhibit traveled from Portland to Chicago, to the Bade Museum in Berkeley. After many years exhibiting at Blackfish Gallery, Carolyn opened her Sacred Circle Studio, in Portland’s Pearl District (1996-‘99). As Carolyn openly recognizes that painting, for her, is a form of prayer, in her gallery space she showed the work of many different artists who also were aware of their connection to the Divine, from an iconographer, photographers, artwork in 3D for the blind, to a Haida tribal sculptor. “Beauty brings me into the Presence of God,” Carolyn feels, which was one compelling reason she and Rabbi Rob moved to the lovely valley of Trout Lake, WA, in 2015. During the COVID-19 isolation Carolyn painted 35 watercolors with the similar underlying composition called “Juxtapositions”. Carolyn has also used her work for entering into prayer in her local church services. She hopes to resume art classes in future.
wilhelm1: Diptych oil on canvas, 10’ x 5’ Soldier Series
wilhelm2: “My heart was burning”, Charcoal
wilhelm3: “Magdalene”, Fused glass, 12” x 16”
wilhelm4: “Elliott”, Watercolor, 18” x 24”
wilhelm5: “Broken Glass”, Watercolor, 18" x 24”
wilhelm6: “We are all Americans”, Watercolor, 18” x 24”
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