A passion for creative experimentation and a lifelong fascination with spiritual transformation have ignited Carolyn to become an award-winning poet, writer, and visual artist. Born in Catford, England, Carolyn grew up in southern California, where she studied art and psychology at UCLA. In 1980 she moved to her cliff-side home high above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, where she studies, writes, and paints amidst the surrounding wilderness.
AUTHOR: Carolyn is the author of twenty books, a variety of which are used as inspirational texts in universities and healing centers, and are featured along with the writings of seven other acclaimed woman writers in a continuing course, “The Other Half of the Sky: Eight Woman Writers,” taught at Swansea University in Wales.
Carolyn’s poetry and prose has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and her first book, Climates of the Mind, was translated into Braille by the Library of Congress. Her writings have been translated into more than 15 languages and three of her books are currently available in bilingual and trilingual editions, published internationally.
ARTIST: Over the past two decades, Carolyn has created an extensive and diverse body of paintings and drawings, ranging in style from romantic figurative to abstract. In her language of symbolic imagery, Carolyn expresses the passions of the heart and a pantheistic reverence for the wilderness she inhabits.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University exhibited a retrospective of Carolyn’s paintings and drawings in 2008 and published an exhibition catalog, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, with art from the exhibit and a commentary by museum curator and director, Michael Zakian, PhD. Her art has been featured in over 40 solo exhibitions and in numerous group exhibits. Carolyn’s art continues to be featured internationally in galleries, museums, private collections, and multimedia presentations.
Visit Carolyn’s online oracle, The Alchemy Oracle, based on her book, The Alchemy of Possibility.