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Carmen Schaefer

(585) 269-8869

As an artist, I am constantly driven by the power of black and white, as well as color pencil marks on paper, and how they can convey profound emotions. My work exists in a realm that merges the boundaries between realism and impressionism, presenting a style that is uniquely my own.

I am deeply fascinated by the way inanimate objects can evoke memories of times gone by, imbuing the present with a bittersweet sense of nostalgia.

The interplay between light and shadow has always fascinated me, and I find that shadows play a prominent role in my compositions. This exploration of shadows and their evocative qualities is an integral part of my artistic process, and I have increasingly embraced the use of charcoal to bring these elements to life.

My upbringing as a member of a career Navy family has greatly influenced my perspective and artistic expression. Constantly moving and lacking a traditional "home town" has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the fleeting nature of moments.

Over the years, my artwork has been showcased in numerous galleries and exhibitions around the world, from the Everson Museum in Syracuse to the PH21 Gallery in Budapest. I have been honored to receive prestigious awards like the 33rd Bradley Print and Drawing Exhibition and the 29th International Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition, Gormley Gallery.

As you explore my artwork, I invite you to consider the profound interplay between light and shadow, the poignancy of memory, and the subtle undercurrents of emotion that shape our lives. Each piece is a reflection of my experiences and my pursuit to capture the beauty and complexity of the human experience.

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