Some of my earliest memories are about color: sorting crayons and splashing paint all over the easel.  In preschool I remember innocently correcting my teacher that the circle she was calling "red" was really more of a “magenta."  

I practiced calligraphy with obsessive discipline, trying to emulate my mother’s beautiful hand.  Like my great-grandmothers, Grams, Lala, and Marie, I knitted and crocheted, enamored with compositions of color and texture.  My Grandma Phyllis is a prolific oil painter; a painting for her was my first try at flowers.

My formal training is not in studio art, but philosophy.  After graduating from UCSC in ‘97, I earned an MA in philosophy at Stanford University.

I teach a frosh writing seminar at Stevenson College at UCSC and tutor students K-12 in all subjects.  Other passions are Jiu-Jitsu, yoga, vegan cooking, and knitting. 

I’ve lived in Santa Cruz since 1995 with my husband Mike Roberts, a musician and martial arts instructor, and our two extraordinary and splendid cats, Tristan Manuel and Simone Paloma. 

Caren Elise Camblin
mixed media abstract paintings

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