Carolyn Crampton is a realist painter living in San Francisco. She grew up near New York City, but spent a childhood summer in Europe, visiting countless museums. The feeling of being at home with classical paintings forged her desire to be an artist. Other influences are Mort Drucker and Charles Addams. After receiving her BFA from the University of Colorado, Crampton moved to San Francisco with her all-girl punk rock band. Crampton has exhibited in the bay area and nationally and her works are included in many private collections. She taught at Expression College and still teaches privately. The books “Rabbit Language or, ‘Are you going to eat that?’”, “Ladybird: My Eight Lives”, and “Dumbunny” feature her drawings of rabbits.
Crampton’s still life paintings echo classical still life paintings of ‘game’, but include a live, sentient animal gazing at the viewer, as well as, contemporary objects, which surround the animal. The paintings comment on our collections of stuff, and our feelings about animals.
Crampton sketches directly on canvas with brush, and then adds layers of color glazes.