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Carolyn Robles

I grew up in Tucson, in a nature loving artistic family. In my teens I started fulfilling portrait commissions and teaching art in after school programs. I earned a BFA in Studio Arts form NAU, studied art in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy while living in Europe for five years. I then, received an MFA from Laguna College of Art+ Design with a degree in Representational Painting. During that time, I fell in love with exploring questions of connection in my art and began to layer environmental, humanist, spiritual, and philosophical themes while exploring the possibilities of narrative and allegory. It was an exhilarating but short lived experience. After graduation,commissioned portraiture and teaching would again become my path, and now nearly 10 years later, I’m eager and grateful to get back to the more personal works that have been building up inside.

Recently, I've been fortunate enough to have some really wonderful people of Tucson pose for some new works, in which I am really calling to the viewer to see them - to see us! To see our shared humanity, to be intrigued and have interest in each other, to take a moment to step inside someone else's story, to empathize, and know we share more with one another, than not. I've also started a series of works honoring endangered and extinct species and at the heart of both of these projects is really pleading for more empathy for our fellow humans and for the creatures we share this planet with. My hope is to honor the people and animals of this unique time, who are living these complex, heartbreaking, exciting, and beautiful lives. My works are my prayers that seek to remind us of what is most precious and that we are in this together (nos sumus in hoc unum).