Carolyn Goodridge - Fine Artist

Carolyn Goodridge

Colonial Beach, VA - United States

 
 
 

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Carolyn Goodridge

Colonial Beach, VA - United States

Carolyn Goodridge - Fine Artist

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About Carolyn Goodridge

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge, born on October 21, 1960, in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, immigrated to the U.S. in 1963. During the next 10 years, Carolyn was introduced to a heavily spiritual way of life through Beryl Odell, her grandmotherís who was a pastor at Pentecostal Church Brooklyn, New York. A great deal of importance was given to the power of healing through inner power and religious focus. Carolyn developed an interest in the fine arts at the age of 10, first writing short stories, plays and poems and then expressing herself through songs for the piano and guitar and later focusing on drawing and painting.

After the death of her grandmother in 1976, Carolynís religious direction shifted away from Western theologies. She developed skill in Yoga under the guidance of her teacher Ma Prem at the Carnegie Hall Yoga Studio; became widely read in the Eastern religious philosophies of India, and landed in the Korean Zen Buddhist tradition. At age 19, she left home to live in a Chogye International Zen Center in Chelsea Manhattan, and studied Zen meditation with the late Zen Master Seung Sahn, founder of the Kwan Um School of Zen.

Carolynís formal art education began in 1986 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York as a night student in textile design. At FIT she discovered her inexhaustible love of painting. In 1984-5 Goodridge took a 4-month journey through Germany, Sri Lanka and India in order to heal from divorce. In 1990 she left New York to pursue full time matriculation at the University of Florida in Gainesville with her two-year old twin daughters. She spent the next seven years living as an on campus art student, extensively exhibiting her work on campus and in neighboring towns. Carolyn her Bachelorís of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Florida in 1993, and a Masterís in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997.

The abstract paintings produced by Goodridge reflect her artistic progression from realism to abstraction. An avid student of art history, Goodridge was inspired by the mystical works of color field artists Mark Tobey, Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, the whimsical master colorist Hans Hofmann, the musically oriented, German Expressionist Vassily Kandinsky, the exploratory work on dreams and the collective unconscious by Paul Kleť, and genius of musician John Cage. Studying their works had a liberating impact on Goodridge. She began to realize a freedom and reconnection with her love of color and music, legacies of her West Indian culture. The imagery also reflects her background in Zen meditation where spontaneity is key to understanding oneself.

Goodridge brings a rich integration of spiritual philosophy, with modern science and ancient psychology to the artwork. The titles of the paintings are constructed from personal interpretations of classic texts such as the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads and essays on quantum mechanics. The imagery is intended to stimulate the intuitive and emotional sensitivities.

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Queen II

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Lady

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Three Moons

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Morphogenesis of the...

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Pleiades Meditation

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Cosmic Carrilon Chime

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Queen

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King

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Birdman of Alcatraz

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Carolyn Goodridge - Beginner

Beginner's Mind

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Inner Shell

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Carolyn Goodridge - Ice Water Frozen Trees

Ice Water Frozen Trees

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Wings and Waterfalls

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Falling Sky Ice Mountain

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Carolyn Goodridge - The Enduring

The Enduring

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Carolyn Goodridge - Birth of Spring No 4

Birth of Spring No 4

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Carolyn Goodridge - Dragon Lady

Dragon Lady

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Carolyn Goodridge - Dance of the Night

Dance of the Night

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Carolyn Goodridge - Az2000

Az2000

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Carolyn Goodridge - Before The Last Supper

Before The Last Supper

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Carolyn Goodridge - Before The Awakening

Before The Awakening

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Galactic Consciousness

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