The creative processes help us break through artificial barriers and societal constructs to bring forth energies not geared toward making a living, but toward living authentic lives.
Social change begins at the level of the individual. Each human being needs an understanding of his or her own heart and mind, for the mind is called often to defend the things of the heart. My painting is aligned closely with my teaching. Part of me is introverted and needs time alone to explore the recesses of my being. Sometimes I find beauty and harmony; other times I find mysteries I cannot fathom. I have learned that painting is vital for my soul on its journey to its destiny. It is a way for me to express the urges of my heart and soul. Another part of me is extroverted and needs to communicate and interact with others. Here I find great satisfaction in teaching the art process. I find that many cannot give themselves permission to express their inner longings, and if this is the case, how can they know who they are and what gifts they have to offer the world? So my art is about spending time alone, honoring the authentic self, building bridges of understanding within me and then inspiring others with the impact of beautiful color and imagery. If we don’t bring forth that which lies within us, we cannot hope to effect social change. As is often the case, we end up following false gods. As an alternative, I’ve found the process of creativity to be one component to the holistic approach of healing a wounded world.
Carol provides experiential workshops and keynote talks in the areas of: family, self care, Enneagram, healing, humor and child welfare. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. In her quiet time, she paints, draws, does photography, swims daily and is also a massage therapist. She has one son, Caleb Orion Brown, who lives in Washington, D.C.
Carol was awarded a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist in Residence for Visual Arts in the summer of 2012.