The Beginning -
Two Maryland Institute Artists met, wed and became art educators. One parent became an elementary school art teacher, the other a graphic designer/college art professor. They created three children of love, and as life grows in the spiral dance, two of the rays shined outward and journeyed on from the family.
As a high school student at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Caren moved in with her father at the age of 14. At a very early age she developed a curiosity and love of nature, creation, balance and form, the beauty in life, death and the after life.
Caren’s artwork is always personal, drawing from life experiences and formed from materials created from and gathered from the earth. Beginning with her first year of high school she focused on fibers, weaving natural materials into sculptures. Clay was never her primary medium.
The death of a close childhood friend of cancer and the passing of her uncle Glenn from melanoma had a vital impact on her life which played a major role in her artwork and influenced her visions. Caren has been on her own difficult journey, as she is a survivor of ovarian cancer. With a feeling of personal loss and sadness, she turned to her art, bending and shaping the unseen into forms that became her voice. Creativity became an outlet for meditation and the art became monuments, channels for the ones she loved...sending out messages and droplets of her energy.
Along the way she became involved in turtle rehabilitation, and started attending MATT (Mid Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise) meetings, adopting turtles that had been injured or abused. This experience allowed her an opportunity to heal others, sending out her compassion. Symbolically, Caren began to associate all of this with a form...a lighthouse...a vessel with inner light reaching out and guiding. Much like her uncle Glenn, who collected miniature lighthouses for their historic forms, structural beauty, and function, Caren focused on the symbolic function of the lighthouse...a shelter built for guiding, housing, and capable of withstanding severe weather.
After graduating from Carver, she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she discovered the ceramics department. This little department along with a small supportive faculty brought back a sense of comfort she once felt at Jemicy, her elementary/middle school. Here she found the time and the openness to explore her visions, capture her memories, create from her experiences, grow and reach out through her art.
She can now share her thoughts and experiences while inspiring creativity in the minds of her students. She has turned her classroom into a safe land where world culture in art and forms from nature hold the same weight as the normal based art curriculum. In the evenings and after school Caren creates her visions in clay, wood, and beads. Her many students and animal friends fill her with love daily, which adds to her pleasure in life. Her dreams and visions become tangible.