Carolyn Lavender was raised in Kent, Washington, but lives and works in Phoenix Arizona. Her current work is comprised of animal portraits, woods scenes, or illustrations of collages done in personal journals. In “Portrait” the animals, drawn on a single piece of canvas, are making eye contact with the viewer. In “The Woods- Preservation” the animals are all taxidermy. Lavender received art degrees from Northern Arizona and Arizona State University and has completed residencies at Skidmore College, New York and Studios Midwest, in Galesburg, Illinois. In 2001 Lavender helped found, and was a member, of the Phoenix artist-run space, Eye lounge.