Following a spectacular time at art schools at Bolton, Manchester, The Slade and Paris, and with great critical acclaim from the press, Carolyn Stafford was "knocked sideways" by the birth of her disabled daughter in 1963. Although this affected her professionally for a number of years, she returned to teaching and exhibiting in the early 1970s and has amassed a great amount of work. She has exhibited in England and abroad including The John Moores Exhibition Liverpool, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and other major group shows. She is exhibiting over 100 paintings, drawings and prints at the Menier Gallery from May 7th-17th, 2014.
Although some of her early work was of backstreets with washing, she was more influenced by the Lancashire moors. Born on the edge of the Pennines at Moorside Avenue, Bolton, she was fascinated by the view from her house of Lomax’s wife’s plantation which she has painted many times. Later she was influenced by the stained glass in the Sainte Chapelle in Paris.
Her paintings are in the Government Art Collection, The Slade and University College Collection, and can be viewed under the name Cynthia Carolyn Stafford on the BBC's page 'Your Paintings'. Carolyn is still working and also holds a weekly class for a small group of students.
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