"Dollywood" is an original acrylic painting by contemporary Virginia artist, Carolyn Lloyd Swain. Ms. Swain's creations are hand carved low relief pieces, either from solid wood or sometimes she uses old wooden cigar boxes, then she masterfully paints these using acrylic paints. In this case, she used a wooden cigar box and transformed it into a beautiful image of the legendary country music artist, Dolly Parton, in all her glory. This is truly an incredible piece of artwork-from the gold rings on Dolly's fingers to the rhinestones on her outfit. This art measures 10" x 7 1/2" and is in excellent condition. It is signed in the lower right.
Bio: Carolyn Lloyd Swain, a self taught artist, has been practicing art in various mediums since her childhood. Her work is known for minute detail and naive style. Her inspiration derives from music, literature, architecture, childhood memories and the busy, nimble fingers of her mother and grandmother. In the 1980's and early '90s while raising her children, Carolyn enjoyed success, professionally, painting in a traditional style, working with found objects and developing her carving technique. Some of her earlier works were featured in Country Living Magazine and Early American Life Magazine. Her painting, "Port of Yorktown" was selected to commemorate the Yorktown Tercentenary Celebration as a poster in 1991. Her artwork is displayed in many noted collections, from that of President and Mrs. Clinton and Phyllis George to the White House Christmas Collection, held by the Smithsonian Institution. Several of her larger paintings are owned and displayed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Carolyn's recent work has taken an imaginative turn, using bold, bright colors on low relief carvings. Her piece "Heaven Bound" was pictured in the December 1999 issue of Smithsonian Magazine as part of a collection of space art.
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