Carolyn Warmsun

Carolyn WarmSun lives in Montclair in the Oakland Hills. She grew up in rural southern Indiana, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She worked in the field of mental health for many years, before beginning a career in Organization Development Consulting from which she retired.

Carolyn's artistic expression started with dance and moved later to stone carving and then to painting. She worked in watercolor at Merritt College with Dorcas Moulton and stayed with her for two years. At the end of that course of study, she discovered Maxine Masterfield’s book Painting the Spirit of Nature, and began a different leg of her journey. In February of 2010, Carolyn went to Maxine in Florida for four days of instruction and came home transformed. She now also works in fluid acrylics along with gesso, oil pastel, watercolor crayon and pencil, and occasionally some collage elements.

She works experimentally and abstractly. She loves rich texture and her paintings are often multi-layered. Her goal is to continuously explore both human consciousness and the spirit of nature — and the connection between them.

Her work has been juried into numerous local and national shows.

In addition to the San Francisco Women Artists, she is a member of California Watercolor Association, International Society of Experimental Artists, SF Women Artists Gallery and Board of Directors and the Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters.

Her work can be viewed on her website at