I grew up in Northern California, where the light and color had a tremendous influence on my work. My first drawings were of flowers and I still enjoy drawing and painting imaginary ones today.

What interests me about flowers are their colors, their petals and centers, and the fact that each one is so different from the next. I paint with acrylics on canvas, and my other subjects include still lifes, landscapes and portraits. I am currently working on a series of paintings called "What I Paint When I Paint About Swimming." I am also working on my children's book Stage Door, a book about the opera for children of all ages.

I studied painting at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduating, I moved to New York City where I have lived and painted for more than 20 years. I continued my studies in drawing and painting at the New York Studio School in Greenwich Village, where my teachers included Robert Storr.


I think that art should be enjoyable to look at and take the viewer on a visual journey. The colors, shapes and subjects in my paintings are meant to bring joy to the viewer.

"If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it it's your world for the moment." - Georgia O'Keeffe



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selected exhibitions

2010 Urban Sanctuary Gallery, Art Within Reach, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Postcards from the Edge, 10th Annual Visual AIDS Benefit Exhibition, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

2006 100 Artists 100 Watercolors, Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY

2003 Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

2002 Caroline Blum, 670 West End Avenue, New York, NY

2001 Mapping, Gloucester, England 2000

The Art is in the Mail(ing) Wexner Center For The Arts, Columbus, OH

Postage Stamp Design Competition, Ground Zero Studios, Washington, DC

1999 War Bulletin Board, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY.

1996 The Parrish Art Museum Thirty Fifth Juried Exhibition, curated by Lisa Phillips, Jack Tilton, and Danny McCall, Southampton, NY.

Caroline Blum, Paintings, Barnes and Noble, New York, NY.

1995 Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY. Curated by Four Walls.

1993 11th Annual Invitational Exhibition, West Side Art Coalition Gallery, New York, NY.

1987 Caroline Blum, Recent Paintings, 1981-1987, San Mateo Public Library, San Mateo, CA.

1986 An Alumni Exhibition, 1970-1983, Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

Christmas Invitational Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.

1982 Inaugural Exhibition, Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz,CA.


1990 "New York: Museum-Size Galleries Come to SoHo," ArtInternational

1989 "Celebrating Photography,"ArtInternational

1988 "Facts of Life: Garry Winogrand, Figments of the Real World," ArtInternational


1984 New York Studio School 

1982 University of California, Santa Cruz. Fifth Year Certificate in Painting

1981 University of California, Santa Cruz, BA in Fine Art


Bliss Living
Castlerock Design Group
Catch Can
Oopsy Daisy fine art for kids
Studio Avo

One Willow Studio

fine and commercial art projects in painting, sculpture, printmaking and collage

One Willow Studio