Peripheral ARTeries Art Review, Special Edition

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Special Edition

Contemporary Art

Peripheral ARTeries meets

Carolyn Schlam Lives and works in Camarillo, California

I am a painter, sculptor, glass artist and author, currently working in oil, ink, mixed media, glass and wood. I am the author of two published books on art. The first, THE CREATIVE PATH: A View from the Studio on the Making of Art, published by Skyhorse Publishing and released in 2018, is a discussion of the creative process from multiple points of view and is targeting to creative people wishing to delve further into their practice. The second, THE JOY OF ART: How to Look at, Appreciate and Talk About Art, to be released November 4, 2019, is directed towards the art lover, who seeks a greater understanding of visual art. It will be a full color, hardcover book, and contain 150 images. I started as a young painter spanning the genres- abstraction, semi- abstraction, and a modern realism. At some point my work became concentrated on the figurative, it seeming the best form in which to express both my love of the abstract visual elements, and my desire to express emotion and point of view. I studied with a Russian master painter in Carnegie Hall, NY for over 7 years post college, and went on to work at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. I am currently exploring portraiture in its many aspects-- Traditional, in which appearance and character is foremost; Expressionistic, in which the inner life is heightened; and Stylized, in which the image becomes iconic. In addition to paintings in oil and ink drawings, I like to combine media and have done quite a bit of work exploring the combination of paint and collage. My sculptural work in glass is a bit more playful and whimsical than my imagery. My work has been shown widely in museums, galleries and books. In 2013 I was named a finalist in the Smithsonian Museum portrait competition and my painting, “Frances at 103� was subsequently acquired by the Museum. I also have work in several collections including Cedars Sinai, and the City of Los Angeles, as well as private collections. I am an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California where I maintain my studio and teach. I continue to explore ways I can express myself creatively. I am delighted to announce that I have just completed my first novel.

An interview by Josh Ryder, curator and Melissa C. Hilborn, curator

elaborate about your artistic production we would start this interview with a couple of introductory questions. You have a solid formal training and after having earned your B.A. Fine Arts, Harpur College, S.U.N.Y. you nurtured

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