Carolyn Crampton grew up in Larchmont, New York. She attended SUNY College at New Paltz, and later received her BFA in painting from University of Colorado. Crampton visits museums to study from the masters.

She has exhibited in the galleries such as Ube Art, Studio Gallery, ArtsBenicia, Alligator Gallery, and Fetterly Gallery, was represented by the Duveen Gallery in Burlingame; and is included in corporate and private collections. Crampton has been in many local and national juried competitions.

Crampton taught art and design both privately, and at Expression College, Bay Area Video Coalition, Academy X, and San Francisco City College Extension.

She lives in the Goodman 2 Art Center.

About the Artwork

Crampton creates still life paintings, often including a sentient animal gazing at the viewer. The arrangement echoes classical hunting scenes but modern elements provide a commentary on contemporary life and its detritus. Lately, the work has taken on a more unconcious, dream-like quality.

After a thumbnail sketch, the paintings are started directly on canvas with a brush. Crampton works from life and in natural light, when possible. She welcomes distortions that seep into the work. Works are concepted in series, each of which may span several years. Crampton is a life-time student of nature: painting plein air landscapes, and drawing from life.

Art Influences

Crampton started painting as a child. At age eight, she and best friend, Mary Ann Wolf, started the Little Artists Club. The club had only two members but it had a fancy art opening in Wolf's basement.

Crampton's family spent a summer on a grand tour of Europe, visiting many museums starting with the Louvre. College art history classes provided vivid memories of having experienced the original works. Other influences are Charles Addams and other New Yorker cartoonists, Mad, and Eloise.

Directions to the Studio

Crampton's studio at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard is open any time by appointment. Come by and see what's happening!
The studio is in Building 101, Studio 1223, in the middle on the ground floor, next to the soda machine.

GPS: 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco

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Driving: From Highway 280 or 101 in San Francisco, exit at Cesar Chavez East. Turn South on Evans Street. Stay on Evans for 2 miles. (The street changes name to Innes St.) Keep left toward water. At the guardhouse, please state that you are visiting Crampton in Building 101-1223. The studio is next to the main door, on the first floor.

Bus: The Shipyard is served by Muni #19 Polk bus. The studio is handicap accessible.

Crampton's Music

Just to make life more interesting, Crampton plays in two rock bands and was a founding member of two seminal punk or post-punk bands. Click here for more on Carolyn Crampton's music exploits.


Carolyn working on a still life.

Crampton working on "Still life with Iris and Snoopa".





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