“I am in accelerated exploration mode. I am not giving up any style, I am experimenting and adding more styles to my repertoire.”
Kathy Carlson first began sketching and painting the West Indies more than 25 years ago when she and her family sailed throughout the Virgin Islands on summer vacations. She moved to St. Thomas to teach math at Antilles Schools. Two years later, she retired from teaching.
As a retired educator, she worked full-time as an artist and participated in the annual Caribbean Color show and has exhibited in the Sunny Caribbee Gallery in Tortola and has also exhibited at the renowned Devonish Art Gallery in Anguilla. The University of the Virgin Islands selected one of her paintings for the cover of its literary anthology, Caribbean Writer 2004. She also showed at the Good Hope Show in St Croix, at the Whim Museum in Frederiksted and Design Works in Christiansted.
Many of her works capture islanders in an innocence before modernization. In her younger years, she studied at The New York Art Students League while earning degrees in mathematics and education.
Her works have been presented at Mango Tango since 2000.