Carolyn Crampton in the studio by Judy Reed, 2021

Carolyn Crampton in the studio by Judy Reed, 2021.




About the Artwork

My newest paintings are oil on canvas painted at home. (There may be some authentic rabbit hair on the surface.) I am enjoying the richness of the colors which can be achieved with just a few layers.

The “Variant World” series (entitled before Covid-19) addresses what earth would be like without humans and after climate change. I wanted to let wildlife into human spaces.

Some still life paintings include an animal gazing at the viewer—as a witness. These views may raise questions about our collections of stuff.

After a thumbnail sketch, I start directly on canvas with a brush. I work from life, if possible. I welcome distortions that seep into the work; I am not trying to be photographic. Works are done in different series, over several years. I also paint outdoor landscapes, and draw from life.


I grew up in Larchmont, New York. After attending SUNY College at New Paltz, I applied to their prestigious art program. The director told me they didn't want women, because women just got married and dropped out. I was accepted, but decided to go to the University of Colorado where I received my BFA in painting with a minor in art history. I love to visit museums to study directly from the masters.  

I've exhibited at bay area galleries, in local and national juried competitions, and my work is housed in corporate and private collections. I taught art, design, and Adobe software, both privately, at Expression College, Bay Media, and at San Francisco City College Extension. This is why my website is called "CramptonArts": I used to have two portfolios online.


My sister, Jeanne, taught me to draw and paint horses. At age seven, my mother gave me a set of oil paints and told me to go paint in the basement when I woke up early. At age eight, my best friend, Mary Ann Wolf, and I started The Little Artists Club. The club had only two members but it had a fancy art opening with cookies in Mary's basement.

My mother, Jeanne, and I, spent a summer on a grand tour of Europe, visiting many museums starting with the Louvre. College art history classes later invoked vivid memories of the original works. Other influences are Charles Addams, New Yorker cartoonists, Mad Magazine, and Eloise.

Directions to the Studio

My painting studio at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard is open by appointment.
The studio is in Building 101, Studio 1223, in the middle on the ground floor, behind the flagpole. The studio is handicap accessible.

GPS: 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco

Google maps: link >>click here

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


Just to make life more interesting, I play in two rock bands and was a founding member of two seminal punk in the late 1970-80's. Click here for more on my music exploits.