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For 45 years, Carolyn Johnston has been a portrait oil artist painting large portraits of retired professors and executives in the Gainesville area. Now having works hanging in the Hall of Fame at the University of Florida. Along with her paintings hanging in most of the halls and libraries all over the University. Her works are true to the detail, character, and spirit of the individuals she paints. Carolyn is a true Master of Portrait Oil Artists.
"A PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES MEMORIES, AN ARTIST BRINGS THEM TO LIFE ON CANVAS CREATING THAT ONE OF A KIND WORK OF ART."
"TO CAPTURE A MOMENT IN TIME, OR A MEMORY IS SPECTACULAR. TO BRING IT LIFE ON CANVAS TAKES THE HEART AND SOUL OF AN ARTIST."
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Carolyn has been an established artist since 1960. Her studio is in Gainesville Florida. This is where she honed her skills as a portrait oil painter.
Her oil portraits of former university presidents, professors and department heads currently hang on the walls of the University of Florida One of these honored professionals, the renowned Dr. Robert Cade the researcher and inventor of “Gatorade”. This oil painting of Dr. Cade also included props in the background that tell a story. There are scientist’s beakers that signify his science research and the bottle of “Gatorade” which he invented. This is an example of how oils can be made original to each individual. Shands Medical Center displays more of Carolyn’s oils. Highly honored medical professionals and benefactors hang on the walls in commemoration and gratitude for their outstanding work accomplishments.
Carolyn’s oils are highly revered among many business professionals. She paints for law firms, corporate businesses, medical centers, and government offices. What’s different about Carolyn? She pays a lot of attention to your requests and ideas. She wants you to take part in creating your memories the way you remember them. As a photographer she knows the importance of lighting, arrangement and poses to capture the very essence of your loved one. She realizes that in order to create the perfect memory it is essential to begin with just the right setting. She believes that your memories should be original, unique and personal to you and your family. With your ideas and her suggestions, along with years of experience she can choose just the right background or setting to make treasured memories. She knows that your photographs are a way of keeping special times and loved ones close by forever. She feels that your portraits should capture the special effects that portray your family members. To really bring them to life takes the creativity of an artist. Photographs preserve memories of our life and loved ones. Take the time to make those photographs come alive through oils. Carolyn can make your loved one life like through her use of lighting, color, and shading. Everyone prizes original artwork, that one of a kind masterpiece. It’s even better when that prized artwork displays a loved one captured in oils. These special paintings of our loved ones become family heirlooms that will remain a part of your family forever. A treasured piece of history displayed for all to admire.
Carolyn can capture the wisdom of grandparents the respectfulness of parents, even the playfulness of children in oils. Oil portraits are a great gift to our loved ones; it is a gift that continues to give as it is passed down from one generation to the next.
Oils are a great way to mark achievements in the life of loved ones. Those recorded times, or events such as anniversaries, weddings, births, those special milestones in your family history.
If you have a special possession or scene that you want in your painting she is glad to include it, if not she can help create that “one of a kind” portrait. Even created backgrounds are so real that only you would know.
As one customer remarked, “Carolyn paints memories, feelings, and thought into each painting. Her oils have a way of talking to your heart. When passing, I felt compelled yet gently invited to stop and spend a moment as if to listen to the gurgles of babies, the laughter of small children at play, the friendly chatter of a family gathered at their favorite spot in hopes of keeping their memories alive forever and when Carolyn paints, they can.”