Caroline has lived in the village of Port Isaac on the North Cornish Coast for nearly thirty years and is passionate about design.
As well as teaching and having a degree in Art she is also involved in Cornish cultural arts events and wider International Arts Festivals and she brings this experience to the pieces she creates . Her love of colour and scale and the passing of time are a constant theme and larger work she has inspired are permanently exhibited at the Eden Project.
The contemporary nature of her designs encapsulate both coast and countryside and the challenging issues currently associated by those living and working in a rural environment. Sustainable fishing, lobsters, crabs, stonewalls, hedgerows, wildflowers are a feature of her work and although her illustrative style makes these images appealing , the colours she uses and her subject matter touch on deeper considerations.
Regularly commissioned to illustrate , her designs are now licensed by Emma Ball Ltd and are distributed internationally. Recently discovered by the Japanese stationers ITO YA , her floral designs are now also featured in their flag ship store in Tokyo.
Closer to home, Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw ,who is also passionate about sustainable fishing, has chosen to feature her large paintings in his restaurant in Port Isaac. She also maintains strong links with Padstow Lobster Hatchery who sell her merchandise and use her designs in their education programme and both of their children’s books. John Bray Estates have also commissioned her to capture the charming and unique character of the north Cornish coast for their web site and promotional products .
Her paintings and limited edition prints are featured in several galleries around Cornwall and can be seen locally at Whitewater Gallery in both Port Isaac and Polzeath and Gribbin Gallery on the south coast.Her work is also sold through the, ‘BOATHOUSE’, Port Isaac which is the business she shares with her husband `Fisherman Friend` Jon Cleave. However the truest taste of her work is in her studio which is ideally located in her valley garden in the heart of the village.
“Where I create, there I am true…”