"I have a perfect situation!" Carolyn Mock enthuses as she reflects on her
day-to-day life painting wildlife scenes from her studio on her and husband
Bill's 45-acre spread in Oklahoma. From her large windows she has a view of
Canadian geese, egrets, Great Blue Herons and ducks feeding and swimming in
the pond and the occasional wild turkey strutting by. Come dusk, it is time
for the deer, raccoons and possums to make their presence known. "Our
neighbors must think we're nuts--we feed everything that comes along!"
she adds, laughing.
Carolyn's love for her subject matter is evident in her award-winning work.
"I hope that people will get more of an understanding of wildlife through my
paintings, and treasure wildlife for the precious thing that it is," she
says. Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, Carolyn tended to the ducks and
chickens and, by nine, began dreaming of a career as a wildlife artist. She
coveted visits to her aunt's, where she would sneak off to look at artworks
in her aunt's encyclopedias..
Years later, after Carolyn had gone to work as a technical illustrator for
major corporations, she studied with such wildlife artist greats as Robert
Bateman and Carl Brenders. Finally in 1985 she realized her lifelong dream
by becoming a full-time artist.
Today, Carolyn is one of the nation's most successful wildlife artists.
Her work appears on or in connection with such products as prints, greeting
cards, jigsaw puzzles, decorative flags, needlecraft kits, teeshirts, and
wallpaper borders. She is an associate member of Oil Painters of
America and Women Artists of the West. Her originals have been juried into
such prestigious shows as the Gilcrease Museum's "American Art in
Miniature." She travels from Wyoming to Alaska to photograph reference for
And, yet, even after more than twenty years of painting professionally,
Carolyn feels that "I'm still learning everyday to be a better artist. I'm
hoping my best work is ahead of me."