Carolyn Crampton grew up in Larchmont, New York. She received her BFA in painting from University of Colorado.

She has exhibited in the Ube Art (Berkeley), Studio Gallery, Alligator Gallery, and Spectrum (San Francisco); Fetterly Gallery (Vallejo); Duveen Gallery (Burlingame); Works (San Jose); in corporations such as 3Com and Synopsis, and she is included in many Bay Area private collections. Juried competitions include the Open Studios Selections in 1999 and 1997, and many others.

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

She lives in the Goodman 2 Art Center.


Formerly, Crampton painted plein air landscapes around the Bay Area, but now 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.

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. Crampton works in series which may span several years.


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 big influences were the Charles Addams, New Yorker cartoons, Mad, and Eloise.


Crampton's studio at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard is open any time by appointment. Come by and see what's happening! The next time the studio is open to the public for an Open Studio event is on October 15 and 16, 2016.

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.

The Shipyard is served by Muni #19 Polk bus. The studio is handicap accessible. (Google maps: 37°43'40.5"N 122°21'55.6"W


Just to make life more complicated, Crampton plays in two rock 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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