Carolyn J. Comras Bio

Carolyn has degrees in human resources and social work.  After a career serving young children and their families, Carolyn chose to focus full-time in caring for her own family.  Over the years she fit in a few drawings, mostly as gifts for friends and family, or to explore a new technique or subject matter.  In 2017, with the encouragement of her family, Carolyn committed to work her life around her art instead of the other way around, as well as share it with the public. 

Carolyn Comras is both a colored pencil and a watercolor artist.  Aside from a few classes in college, she is self-taught.  She learned colored pencil on her own in the early 1990’s when it was just a fledgling medium, and discovered a love for watercolor painting in 2016 which she learned via the web and her local library.  Carolyn enjoys the challenge of representing light in her work, whether it be reflections in a piece of crystal, or the way sunlight filters through foliage or glows within a luminous flower petal.  

Carolyn resides with her family near the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  

Artist Statement

“One of my earliest memories is of my father going to pick up my mother from her evening drawing class, with my little brother and I in our PJs in the back of our enormous white Cadillac.  Drawing, coloring, and painting have always been a part of my childhood.  I am so blessed to have inherited my mother's ability and to also have this wonderful opportunity to pursue my artistic potential. 

I love to create realistic nature and still-life paintings in colored pencil or watercolor.  I enjoy the challenge of emulating the light glowing from within, or on my subject.  I am most happy when I've had time in my studio.  My goal is to create and learn as much as I can, while also sharing my work with all of you.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of my art work.  Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in any of my paintings or drawings.”


CPSA Metro Washington Chapter Exhibition at The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 2019.

27th Annual CPSA International Exhibition in Brea, California, "Cheertini", 2019.

CPSA Metro Washington Chapter Exhibition at Center for the Arts, Ocean City, Maryland, 2019.

CPSA Explore This! 15 Online Exhibition, "Peppers", 2019.

Annual Art Exhibit, Purcellville Music & Arts Festival, Purcellville, Virginia, May 2017.


"Cheertini" featured in Ann Kullberg's CP Hidden Treasures, Volume 5, 2019.

Contributing artist in Ann Kullberg's DRAW Reflections in Colored Pencil, 2018.

"Christmas Reflections" featured in Ann Kullberg's CP Hidden Treasures, Volume 4, 2017.


"Camellias" won in the Advanced category by Colored Pencil Magazine,

February 2019 Monthly Challenge.

"Dreaming" received Honorable Mention in the Advanced category by Colored Pencil Magazine,

January 2019 Monthly Challenge.

"Peppers" won CPSA District Chapters Award for Distinction in Explore This! 15, 2019.

"Froot" received Honorable Mention in the Advanced category by Colored Pencil Magazine,

October 2017 Monthly Challenge.


Colored Pencil Society of America

Virginia Watercolor Society

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