"Beach Flowers" etching

It's summertime again! Hot doesn't even describe the weather this year in many parts of the US. So a beach scene is in order for the season, with flowers, of course.
"Beach Flowers" highlights the gaillardia flowers that blanket many seashore areas on the east coast, giving the blooms one of their common names....blanket flower. I've created the image as an etching with added watercolor, sized at about 5"h x 4"w. A "cool" place.


Chain of Parks award 2017

The 2017 Chain of Parks Art Festival in Tallahassee gave me an Award of Distinction this year!! After over 30 years of doing outdoor art festivals, awards are always a surprise. Recognition of my work in this way has given me encouragement to continue exploring the subjects that have been my focus over all these years...botanical imagery, landscapes, and, in general, the natural world. In retrospect, these images represent the theme and variations, rhythm and counterpoint I see in the landscapes around us.

So, here again, the retirement question comes up. Am I going to do any more outdoor shows? Right now the answer is "maybe with no specific schedule in mind". Certainly, the Chain of Parks show and the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival are on my calendar for 2018. I'll wait and see if I decide to do others, and I'll post them here in the future along with new images.


Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award winner WPSAF 2017

The 2017 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival awarded me the $5,000 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award. The piece they selected is the image described in my post below...."Roots." What an amazing honor!! I am so pleased that the judges felt that my etching of a live oak tree fit the philosophy of the Foundation and its endeavors. Naturally, I'm still overwhelmed by receiving this prize. The photo is of the Foundation President David Odahowski and me. Plus the ribbon, of course.

So, I guess this wasn't my last art show. I'll be at this show again next year. Perhaps I'll also do a few more shows here and there as the spirit moves me. If I do, the shows will be posted here. Or if you wish to be on my email list, send me the information and a message through the contact link above.

My thanks to everyone who came to my booth at the show and purchased a piece of my artwork. I hope it gives you as much joy as I had in creating it.


For some time now, I have been sharing thoughts of sabbatical, time out, retirement from shows (oh no!). This spring there will be two shows I will do as you see in the listings to the right. After that, I'm not sure in which direction I will go. After 32 years of doing art shows, it's time to branch out (no pun) into other fun projects. However, painting will continue to be a big part of my fun. Just maybe not so many shows. Or maybe just one every so often. Or maybe not any shows at all anymore given the physical toll it is taking.

Kindly make the trek to see me at these (so far) last two outdoor art shows I will do. If you'd like to make a purchase, there will be some specials (please remind me I said this) and some hugs too.

Certainly I will miss all of my many longtime customers and friends who gave me encouragement and support over the years. Please do keep in touch through this website, or emails and phone calls. New Images will continue to be posted here too.


"Roots" hand painted etching.

"Roots" is an image I have had in my mind's eye since childhood. Whenever I was in a park or on a hike in the mountains, I had the idea that these tall, very old, trees always would be there on my next expedition. As I grew older, this symbol of continuity became more certain for me when other events in life became less so. So, 'roots' can mean reliability, grounding, wisdom, family, ancestors, security, or whatever you can point to as an anchor in your life.

A different oak inspired my original idea, but the particular tree I chose is the Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, with limbs that will reach out no matter how gnarled and wrinkled. Its height can reach 60 feet and limbs can spread to over 50 feet. Indeed a spectacular shade tree. Each year this tree loses many leaves to make room for new ones. And did I mention thousands of acorns and flowers to sweep up? An evergreen tree, the Live Oak is found mostly in the southern coastal plain of the US and along the Gulf Coast to Mexico.

I created the image as an original limited edition etching. After hand printing it on an etching press, I used watercolors and acrylics to complete the rendering in paint. Details can be found under the Etchings tab above.


Carolyn Cohen artwork 2016 Bok Tower Gardens exhibit
Carolyn Cohen artwork 2016 Bok Tower Gardens exhibit

The last full day of the show is January 10, 2017. I'll be removing the artwork on 1/11/17. Please contact me with any questions. Sorry for the confusion.

The pictures are hung in the visitors center at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. Reaction to the show has been wonderful. Thank you all! Be sure to stroll through the gardens and hopefully have a chance to hear a carillon concert during your visit. My friend and co-exhibitor Redenta Soprano and I also have items in the gift shop themed to the show. All sales of original artwork and gifts benefit the garden as well. Enjoy the beautiful weather!

THE FOUR SEASONS ETCHING SERIES - Cancelled plates available

The Four Seasons etching series combines seasonal botanical images with a central seasonal landscape. Each one is depicted as a 4" x 6" image with line etching, acquatint, embossing, and colored inks. The plates are cut into three sections, with the outer part showcasing seasonal foliage, the crescent shaped part depicting the sky, and the inner part showing a landscape with a border of other plants. There are 16 different colors of etching inks used to complete the four images.

As of April 2015, printing is complete for all four editions of the seasons and the plates are now cancelled (corners cut off). They have each been framed accompanied by the last piece in each edition #50/50. Framing is unfinished pale poplar wood with a museum rag mat.
The price for the framed set of four is $1,400, shipping and tax are extra. The set of four with mats but no frames is $1,225. Look under the "Etchings" tab to view the images in the series. I do have photos of the framed pieces I can send, but they will have some reflections from the plate and the glass. Please send any questions using the email contact on this site.

Please contact me if you are interested in buying one of 'Seasons.'