Carolyn Hartley (USA/Missouri)

Travels as Issabell Dragon (Issy)

Art and writing are my voice, in a world in which I am seldom heard. Together, they represent a safe place in which I can be myself, dive into the odd and unusual, and enjoy the journey. Nothing gives me more peace than to escape through my art into a world of blissful creativity. I return refreshed and ready to face the world again.

I love working with mixed media, paper and found objects — odd or unusual things I can add to my art. I never know what I’m going to do with a found object when the transformation into art begins, but I trust the object to tell me when it’s ready.

I start projects with a general idea of what I’m going to work on–a box, a doll, an altered book–then I gather items I know I need. As I’m putting a piece together, I look around, incorporating whatever catches my eye.

I am a dreamer. I believe in the impossible. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. In my art I live in a fantasy world of fairies, dragons and beings not even thought of yet. They are my creative escape, my way of coping with the world.

I hope my art allows others to escape into the impossible, even if just for a minute or two. Fantasy and art give the mind a break from what it knows it is supposed to believe and lead it toward what is truly possible.

It was only within the last year that I realized I really am an artist. I have done art for years but never considered myself an artist. I thought I needed to be published or have projects sold or on display to be considered an true artist. I finally realized that I am an artist because I believe I am an artist, and I don’t need to wait for someone else to award me that title. My art has a voice and, through projects like this, it has a chance to be seen and heard by other artists.

About artrites

Some people would see only a middle aged woman, albeit fairly well preserved, but in reality, I'm an English writer and artist (order exchangeable) living in Germany. I'm a blended learning specialist, graphic designer, and train adult education teachers, when I can find the work. There is far, far more to me that even that, of course, but discovering that is the journey you can undertake by reading this blog.
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1 Response to Carolyn Hartley (USA/Missouri)

  1. artemysos says:

    I love this, Carolyn, your authenticity sparkles and your truth is refreshing and inspiring. So glad to be sharing these travels with you!

    xx Hovo

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