Coming home to Lexington after living on the North Carolina coast for ten years Carolyn moved onto family land. The lower three acres of property were thicket as her father had ran a poultry farm for many years. The soil was rich so any seed that fell produced growth.

One day as she ambled down the woodland trail she spotted a bloom jutting out from under a mass of honeysuckle. It was a closed bloom and like nothing she had ever seen. It was small with glossy leaves giving it the look of a displaced house plant.
In the weeks that followed she checked it daily for signs of opening. It offered none. As she checked it she was simultaneously researching it. With some diligence she soon discovered it to be a Gentiana villosa wildflower. It was unique in our state but neither threatened nor endangered.
She was hooked. Having grown up with a love for all things outdoors it was an easy step to wildflower fascination. That lead her to research the plight of wildflowers in our state which has been a most interesting journey involving much awareness of our unique to endangered plants.
Her father once told her if you can draw something then you truly know what it looks like. So as she studied the gentians on her trail she began to sketch them. Each time she drew them she was compelled to look more closely at each plant to perfect her penciled renderings.
A combination of remembering her love for the transparency of watercolor paintings and the memory of her mother's ability as an artist gave her the nudge she needed to believe she could paint her beloved gentians for her home. That challenge nurtured a bloom in her that just kept growing .

About the same time she became involved in environmental issues in her county and the impact they could have on each of us. With great concern for these issues she came to a realization. Each of us can make a small difference in our own backyard to improve our natural world. If each person chooses to do so our environment will benefit by the pure accumulation of such work. Working for a cause greater than ourselves helps us grow from the inside. So through this series of events Carolyn came to fuse three of her passions: wildflowers, art, and preservation.


Her art is dedicated to the preservation of our natural heritage. Carolyn continues to learn and work through organizations such as The North Carolina Native Plant Society and The Land Trust for Central North Carolina to preserve and beautify our lands.