carolyn dodson grimm

Carolyn loves what paint does, applying it onto the canvas in a variety of ways whether it’s smooth and matter-of-fact, thin, with a variety of background colors popping through here and there, or thick and luscious – so much so, that it feels “yummy.” In fact, she uses paint to express her thoughts, feelings and experiences. “Paint is the vehicle I use to get my emotions out. I use it to express how I feel about everything from a beautiful landscape, to the love I feel for my husband and children.”

Although Carolyn expresses her painting in an Abstract Expressionist style, she has been trained in traditional methods throughout many of her years of schooling. From Texas to New York to Nashville Tennessee and now to Huntsville Alabama, Carolyn has both taken classes and taught them. “I see shapes, color combinations, contrasts and all kinds of ways to change a vase of flowers, a simple landscape, or the beauty of a couple sharing their love for one another, into a work of art. I add a spiritual component to each piece of work whenever possible. Life offers so much subject matter to work with, all I do is capture the emotion of the moment and put it down on canvas!”

Carolyn moved to Huntsville in early 2014 and enjoys her life in Alabama with her new husband. “Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. I don’t want to miss a moment of it and whenever possible, I’ll capture each of those moments with a painting.”


A good Abstract Expressionist painting is a discipline of its own.  It employs all the rules and guidelines of all other forms of painting:  composition, balance, line, contrast, cool against warm, dark against light, and form.  In fact, the rules are even more important because there is no object to distract from the composite piece.  Although I teach my students that rules were meant to be broken, they must be broken carefully and with well-thought out intent.  Art comes from within the artist and objectifies the artist’s passions and emotional depth. In the process, the artist’s style is created and, thus, his or her paint application becomes his or her “signature.”

Abstract Expresionism was born in the early 1950’s in and around New York City.  Weary from the war and hungry for creative freedom, a group of Americans and European ex-patriots began the art revolution that became the first, and to date, the only genuinely American art form. Those art revolutionaries threw out the old ways and drastically recreated the new, personal, emotionally-charged works that became American.

Canvases were museum size and had to be worked on in abandoned warehouses and unheated lofts.  Paint was often mixed with sand or anything they thought of at the moment.  Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paintings are known to have cigarette butts in them.  The paint was applied with hardware store tools and splattered, dipped or tossed.  The common ingredient was the passion each artist had to openly express himself.  Painting identifiable objects such as a landscape, still life or portrait was no longer the primary intent of their work.