This Painter is Compelled By the Natural World

Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, inspiration comes easy for landscape artist Carolyn Hutchings Edlund. Her paintings, immersed in greenery, channel the natural world quite masterfully.

“The natural world compels me to explore it, delve deeper into it, and use the tools at my disposal to paint some frisson of my visceral connection to it,” relayed Hutchings Edlund in a piece she wrote for Artsy Shark. She invites the viewer to create his own narrative within the context of her art and to experience it in a positive and satisfying way. “All of my work is a communication between me and you,” she stressed.

With her work highly esteemed and collected in Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, and the United States, there are plenty of people with whom she can communicate through her paintings. Her work has also won awards, and in October 2018, Hutchings Edlund was a recipient of the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award for Individual Artist that recognizes an individual residing in Dutchess County [NY], whose achievements in her discipline are widely recognized and who has demonstrated a compelling or unique artistic vision.

But though centered around the natural world, Hutchings Edlund admits to finding inspiration in other settings as well. “I find creative stimulation in unlikely places, such as a city street bathed in glistening, late-day light following a rain shower,” she reflects. “Such stimuli are the seeds from which ideas grow.”