Carolyn Schmitz's work expresses her personal relationship to the earth and the impact of the human population upon it. Nature's smallest details, from the woodlands of Missouri to the forest and desert of Arizona, have held her interest since the beginning of her life as an artist. Schmitz's family moved from Kansas City to Prescott in 1954. She returned for foundation courses at the Kansas City Art Institute, and finished at Arizona State University with a BFA in 1969. For 30 years, Schmitz did anything that paid involving drawing or painting—mainly murals and decorative finishes for interior designers. In 2000, Schmitz returned to her childhood home near Prescott. After 4 years at the co-op gallery, Arts Prescott, her work now shows at Van Gogh's Ear, and at Raku in Jerome.