Caryn Joy Colman


Caryn has made Temagami, in northeastern Ontario, her home for close to 20 years. Here she has thrived as mother, artist, chef, equestrian, musician, and tourist operator. Her imagery comes from the wilderness, farmscapes, the spirit of horses, and people who intrigue her. Watercolour, chalk pastel, oil, and graphite are her mediums.

She earned a B.F.A. from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1980. Her career has spanned theatre work as a set painter, teaching watercolour painting at various places including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, art teacher in the public school system, and work in the advertising industry as a concept writer.

Her recent work explores the idea of place. In 2011 she spent the summer on a Lake Temagami houseboat studio, painting on topographic maps. In the summer of 2012, she traveled by horse caravan, again in search of adventure and evocative painting images. The Wolf Lake project was part of that summer (obviously exchanging the horse for canoe). That work is in progress.

Contact Caryn:

Box 13, Temagami, Ontario, P0H 2H0
[email protected]

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  1. Luke Stephenson says:

    Caryn, I would like to see more of your work. I am going to Wolf Lake this Thursday, August 29th to Saturday 31st with my friend and professor of Biology, Paul Smylie. It will be my first trip on the Chiniguchi Waterway.