Caroline Doucette’s mother was from the east coast, her father from the west coast. They met in the military service and their first child, Caroline, was born in Virginia. She has lived on both “coasts” and has traveled across the country many times. She is the eldest of four children but grew up in a large family of his, hers, and theirs.
Caroline grew up knowing she had a wonderful artistic gift. Her mother and her grandmother were both artists. Her mother taught her perspective drawing when she was 4 years old, as a way of amusing and playing with her daughter. With her first camera at 11 years old, her father, who had once worked with the photography department in the Air Force, taught her fundamentals of composition. Art was just a part of her life.
Caroline enjoyed mathematics and art in school. Her art excelled for her age and her classmates were constantly encourage to strive for a similar caliber in their attempts. Finances did to allow her or encourage her to continue her schooling.
Caroline next joined the US Army for a three-year tour. This was a time of real growth for her, gaining in confidence in her own abilities and worth. Her travels
now included areas of the Southern United States and that of Thailand. She enjoyed the people and their cultures, making many friends. During this time she did numerous pastel portraits and other surrealistic pieces.
Caroline completed her tour of duty and return to New Hampshire where she took up her fine art studies at the local Rivier College, Nashua, NH. At this time she met her husband Dave. Together they bought a house and for the next ten years Caroline worked with computers and customer service duties with no time for art.
Her husband, out of the clear, thought it was time for Caroline to do something with her art. He convinced her to go with the watercolor medium and later to paint florals. Following his intuition and guidance, she began to win awards and recognition.
Caroline has found with time and experimenting, which materials are best suited to her needs and her working habits that obtain the results that compliment her own personality. She works with a limited palette, red, blue, yellow, cool and warm and uses hot pressed paper where the color will remain strong and vivid on the surface of paper. “My strong contrasts, clean rich colors and depth are the results of how I work and how I approach my subject. It’s me.”
With his strong encouragement and support in her efforts, Caroline found it easy to support Dave as he undertook, along with his partner, their own business making custom billiard dues, Samsara Cues. Dave was the master cue maker, an artist in his own right. He has recently retired. In November 2000, Samsara Cues, relocated to Rugby, North Dakota, and with it Caroline. Rugby has welcomed them and has made them feel like they have come home.
Caroline is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, Boston, MA, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Red River Watercolor Society, Fargo, ND and the Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, New York, NY. She has been published in both the Summer 1996 issue and the Spring 2000 issue of the “Watercolor” magazine. Her painting “To Life” appears in the book “Slash 5: the Glory of Color.” Her paintings are in a number of collections including the Taube Museum of Art, Minot, ND, the Minot State University, Minot, ND and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.