Carolyn Robles is a Tucson native, who grew up in a nature loving and artistic family. Exposure to her mothers and older brothers art at an early age is one of her greatest influences. While her Mom painted her brothers and she would draw. In particular, I remember copying the images from Walter Foster books, my favorites were about Heads and Hands. Gaining an early start in art lead to fulfilling portrait commissions and teaching art since she was a teen. She earned a BFA in Studio Arts form NAU, studied art in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy while living in Europe for five years. She then, received an MFA from Laguna College of Art + Design with a degree in Representational Painting. She has an affinity for capturing the human spirit in portraiture and figurative realism in drawing and painting, with a preference for pastel. Her works aim to capture the beauty and complexity of the human experience. She often layers environmental, humanist, spiritual, and philosophical themes while exploring the possibilities of narrative and allegory. Carolyns work can be found in collections all over the United States, as well as Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Senegal, Japan, Australia, and Canada. She has won several awards including the grand prize in the Pastel Journals Pastel 100.