Born in Alexanderia Egypt, daughter of Lebanese and Greek father, raised in California and a Coptic Orthodox Christian, Caroline brings a rich cultural background to her multilayered mixed media work. Caroline’s achievements include a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology (double major) from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy Psychology. She currently teaches around the Houston community, out of her studio or at the Pearl MFA in Northwest Cypress area of Houston. “I don’t remember my life without art; I grew up painting, even in my coloring books with water paints as my parents told me stories about my paternal grandfather’s oil paintings. His paintings (mostly landscapes and figures) adorned our home in Alexandra, Egypt, and I always enjoyed the scent of oil paints and admired his old paint set.” At UC, Santa Cruz Caroline’s instructors have inspired her work (Frank Galuzka, Tim Craighead, and Don Fritz), who worked in painting and mixed media using Mica, Acrylic get transfers, and Bees Wax. “I think that what started in their classes was what turned into what I do now with the encaustic painting, collage, and initiated my freedom into experimentation.
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