Carol K. Walsh is an artist, writer, therapist and personal coach. Carol views all aspects of her life through a creative lens. It doesn't matter what form her creativity takes - in her studio working on multimedia drawings, taking a walk while photographing nature, at her desk writing her new memoir, or in her therapy office coaching individuals. Each one requires inspiration and focused action. For Carol, the final product or outcome is not as important as the process, which to her is grounding, energizing, and healing. Engaging in daily use of the creative process is Carol's spiritual practice.
As a Writer
Carol's first venture into writing began as an extension of her artistic career, by writing articles for a professional journal on design and color theory. She then wrote and illustrated Designing For Weaving, a hardcover book on design, color and creativity for fiber artists. As a therapist she wrote and self-published the book The Art of Awakening Spirit, as well as Break Through: Coping Skills for Chaotic Times, a compilation of her favorite articles written for "Pathways", a Washington D.C. area magazine.
Carol's most recent publication is her memoir Painting Life: My Creative Journey Through Trauma, published by She Writes Press, distributed by IPS and available wherever books are sold
As an Artist
Carol K. Walsh received a BFA Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. For the first fifteen years of her professional life, she maintained a full-time studio and exhibited nationally, winning major awards, including two at an international exhibit at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. A highlight of Carol's career was having one-person shows, including an exhibit of her fiber sculptures, at the prestigious Franz Bader Gallery in Washington D.C. Nationally, Carol has presented multiple workshops on color theory, design and creativity. She has also taught art at several colleges, and lectured at conferences.
Currently Carol creates in the medium that best expresses her current visions. Carol's love of photography began forty years ago in a self-constructed darkroom and has evolved throughout the development of digital technology. As a photographer she is interested in the colors, and patterns imbedded in nature.
In addition to her photographs, Carol also combines watercolor washes with actual photographs to create photo-paintings, that she prints on her 24" wide printer. In addition, she creates multi-media, mythical drawings, which she then photographs and prints to sell.
With each medium utilized, Carol considers herself to be a visionary artist, who combines her love of psychology and art by seeing the world as symbolically vivid. Through art, she explores, enhances, and expresses her unique humanistic, and spiritual vision of the world.
As a Therapist and Personal Coach
Carol graduated from Catholic University with an MSW and has been in private practice for twenty-eight years. She expanded this part of her career to include "Create-A-Vision" coaching. For thirty one years, Carol worked both a therapist and personal coach. It was her mission is to help individuals gain self-awareness and define their personal visions. In working with people who have experienced trauma and are in transition, or those desiring to enhance their coping skills, she pulled from both her personal and professional experiences in order to mentor and support.
As of December 2016, Carol has retired from her private practice, in order to spend more time with her writing and art.
In Her Personal Life
Carol is married to Tom, a psychotherapist and poet, and has two daughters and four grandchildren. She currently lives in Maryland where she maintains her studio full time.
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