Carolyn Schmitz

Paintings & Mixed Media

Carolyn Schmitz

Paintings & Mixed Media

Carolyn Schmitz

Paintings & Mixed Media

The connecting theme in my artwork is the fluid and permeable boundary between humans and animals and plants.
The connecting theme in my artwork is the fluid and permeable boundary between humans and animals and plants.
The connecting theme in my artwork is the fluid and permeable boundary between humans and animals and plants.

New Work

9 x 12 Acrylic on panel
$2,500 with frame

The painting will come with one of
my custom designed frames

“The Squirrel’s Dream”

After a day of treetop acrobatics, an Abert’s Tassel-Eared Squirrel curled up high in her dreams.  She envisioned an entire outfit, then completed every detail herself:

Starting with the ruffled leaves of Wild Geranium and silvery wands of Mountain Mahogany, she added spirals of mutant needles from Ponderosa Pine, secured in the grip of grape vines  “I stuffed bunches of lichen here and there,” she said. “I like how its texture resembles shredded upholstery.”  During frequent skirmishes with the woodpeckers, she deftly snatched a few scarlet feathers to enflame the tips of her ears.  A Scrub Jay wisely donated one of his!  A satchel woven from pine needles and tough grasses, with a leathery oak leaf applique, was filled with precision tools she had taken from a jeweler’s shop.  “No problem getting in there!” she giggled. “But I eschewed acorn jewelry.  Please.  Such a cliche.  I knew where to find the golden legs of June Beetles, dropped by dining bats.”

Putting the finishes touches on “The Squirrel’s Dream”

Portfolios

Greeting Cards

env and card

Desert Dada greeting cards are all from original paintings by Carolyn Schmitz.  

The cards are blank inside.  The back of each card carries a description of the plants and animals featured in the painting.  

A coyote peers beguilingly from the shadow of her spring hat–a jumble of blooming cacti and wildflowers. Blackfoot daisies, southwest coral bean, prickly poppy, yucca blooms, and dangling mesquite pods are fancied up with a snakeskin bow and velvet “ant”. Her necklaces are milkweed stems with sage leaves, and a desert checkered skipper poised on a string of creosote pods.

Click here to see the available greeting cards.

Book

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Strange things happen in the desert when both predator and prey converge to find out who wore it best!