Carolyn Hess grew up in the Mojave Desert in southern California. In 1974, when she was 20, she moved to San Francisco and has never looked back. She has been painting watercolors since she was a child with a paint set. San Francisco has been a rich source of art connections and mentors and Carolyn studied and showed art, while struggling to earn a living and still have time to create her art. In 1990 she enrolled in the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (now the California College of the Arts) and graduated with honors in 1994. She has been working in art–related jobs since graduation.
She currently lives in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and is an active plein air painter.
Her primary medium is watercolor and she creates colorful wet into wet landscapes and figurative paintings.
She accepts portrait and pet commissions.
Her work can currently be seen at the Pinole Artisans Gallery, in Pinole, CA.
Her paintings have been exhibited and are in many collections throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has been active in many art associations including;
Pinole Artisans Gallery in Pinole, CA, Fort Mason Artists in San Francisco, the California Watercolor Association, the 23rd Street Figure Painters and the Marin Watercolor Society.
Windsor Newton, Senllier, Cal Comp and Fractal Design have employed her as a fine art demo artist, both in watercolors and on a computer.
She was a Childrens’ Docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco
Her watercolor figures were exhibited by Images Gallery on Hayes Street in San Francisco from 1995 to 2006.
Juried Shows include:
National Watercolor Society 1999
24th Street Artists show 1995, 96, 97 & 98
San Francisco Open Studios 1984–1992
Art in the Park, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 1985 & 86
Fort Mason Watercolorist, Fort Mason, CA 1981, 82 & 83
Private collectors include:
Ann and Gordon Getty, San Francisco, CA
Jo Schuman Silver, San Francisco, CA
Robert Sandy Walker, San Francisco, CA
Dr and Mrs. Richard Leeds, San Francisco, CA
Zsaj Milliner, Mill Valley, CA
Coup de Chapeau, San Francisco, Ca
Linda Rawlings, Hong Kong
Frances Knudtson, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Alicia Lieberman, Mill Valley, CA