Ms. Ritter’s favorite mediums are acrylics and inks with layers of glaze and paint. When working from photographs she uses her up-close and personal shots, eventually departing from the photo and painting more intuitively.
“My paintings are intimate views of nature. The purpose of this approach is to say slow down, look closely, there is a world of wonder right under your nose. I love the whimsical side of the animals I paint. Painting is an oasis for me and nourishment for my soul.” Carolyn Ritter
After receiving her degree in art education from Auburn University, Carolyn began teaching in Georgia and Florida while taking workshops from nationally known artists. Her paintings and illustrations have been featured in national publications including the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and CatFancy magazine. The Georgia Department of Agriculture selected her painting of a retriever to appear on the state’s license plate. In addition, Carolyn created the large graphics for the CatSnip Project Spay Mobile for Atlanta Animal Alliance. Omega Moulding displayed her paintings in Décor Expo Chicago and Gallerystreet displayed them at Décor Expo Atlanta. One of her paintings was selected by American InkJet Systems to demonstrate the incredible color gamut of their new inks in the Surtex Art, Design and Textile Show in New York.
Carolyn has had solo shows at Callaway Gardens, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Group shows include the Sarasota Botanical Garden and the Creators and Collectors Tour in Sarasota. She has received numerous awards from these group shows.