Tributes paid to much-loved Stroud artist Carolyn White
MUCH-LOVED Stroud artist Carolyn White has died aged 67.
Carolyn, whose paintings of the Stroud Valleys were keenly sought-after, died peacefully at her home in Slad on Tuesday, September 10.
She had been showing a special exhibition of her work from the past 12 years, her Light Years, at Stroud's Museum in the Park.
Friend and photographer Fred Chance described her as ‘a great artistic spirit’ and ‘a real raconteur’.
"Her pictures of the Slad Valley were really important, she was an important national artist," he said.
"She somehow managed to capture the way the light worked with the landscape, which is a very difficult thing to do.
"She was a good friend to my wife and I. She made us laugh and we will miss her."
Carolyn was born in London in 1945 and attended Chelsea School of Art before graduating with a BA (hons) degree in painting from Kingston Art College.
She loved to travel and spent four years living in Italy teaching and painting before becoming a tutor at Bath College of Higher Education.
Carolyn became a full time painter in 1990 and moved to Stroud, where she lived for almost 20 years.
Her sister Alison Ruddock said: "The community and other artists gave her so much strength and support.
"It was the wonderful landscapes and the people that drew her to live Stroud."
Carolyn soon became involved with Stroud Valleys Artspace and was one of its longest serving members, having taken part in all Open Studios since 1998.
Jo Leahy, of SVA, said: "Carolyn was a truly inspirational woman who was passionate about her work as an artist and about Stroud and its fabulous landscape and people.
"I shall always think of her when I walk up Swifts Hill and the see the sweeping green hills stretching out with the glinting light of the River Severn on the horizon and the sunlight catching on the blades of grass by my feet."
Light Years, which includes a large selection of oils, watercolours and pastels of the Stroud Valleys, Penwith Peninsula in Cornwall and the Mediterranean, will continue until September 29.
Carolyn’s funeral was held yesterday, Tuesday, at the Holy Trinity Church, in Slad, followed by a celebration of her life surrounded by her paintings at the Museum in the Park.
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