Carolyn was born in Wimbledon in 1959. From an early age she had a keen interest in drawing both people and animals from life. Charcoal portraits made of her family, her pets and her teachers were unnervingly accurate.
In 1989 a chance freelance design job led to a fulltime career in Product Development and was to change her life’s course. Employed to design and develop historical reproductions and collectibles involved collaboration and much research with important museums, in particular, and with greatest impact on Carolyn, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Taking inspiration from this wonderful collection, Carolyn was also to brief sculptors to create new original figurative sculpture.
The late Sheila Mitchell FRBS was one of these sculptors and was to become Carolyn’s great friend and mentor. Museum research, the discovery of a group of French artists at the turn of the century called ‘Les Animalier’ and watching Sheila work soon had Carolyn hooked on three dimensional art and of course, going back to her earliest need to create, she wanted to sculpt both people and animals.
In 1995, Carolyn bought a bag of clay to ‘see if she could sculpt’. This figurative piece was produced by Royal Worcester Porcelain the same year and more commissions followed from the other Great Porcelain Houses, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood.
Ultimately, Carolyn’s goal was to produce her own bronzes and in 2002, she was commissioned to make a portrait of a Labrador dog in bronze following which more opportunities to create sculpture in this exciting medium started to come her way. She was commissioned for a number of bronze horse sculptures, a subject close to her heart being a life long horse owner.
Moving to Dubai in 2003 further enriched Carolyn’s work with new ideas and resulted in some notable commissions, including a life size bronze bust of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makthoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice president of the UAE and a posthumous life size bronze bust of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, now situated in the Foreign Office in Abu Dhabi.
In 2015, Carolyn completed her most important commission to date, a public monument, all portraits, of seven bronze racehorses 110% lifesize.