Carlynne Hershberger

Biography:

My name is Carlynne Hershberger and I’ve been an Ocala resident since 1972. I’m a Charter and Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and I was past president of the FL chapter. My artwork has won numerous awards and has been recognized at the CPSA Annual International Exhibition and the Cornell Museum exhibition Points of Color. My paintings have been seen in The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, American Artist Drawing, the North Light books Colored Pencil Explorations and Sketchbook Confidential 2. I’m also co-author of Creative Colored Pencil Workshop. 

In addition to painting, I worked for Red Swan Art Supply for 18 years, ran classes and workshops with Kelli Money Huff at Hershberger & Huff Studios, and was co-owner at Gallery B for 2.5 years. 

After more than 20 years of working exclusively with colored pencils, I began combining other media with colored pencil such as watercolor, gouache and ink. From there I started working with acrylic and oil on canvas and experimenting with mixed media. The media may have changed but the inspiration and subject matter remain the same. Nature and it’s many shapes, textures and patterns continue to inform my work. 

Artist Statement:

I think of abstract painting as opposite ideas that can co-exist.

It’s easy and hard at the same time.

It’s about everything and nothing,

rule following and breaking rules,

freedom and restraint,

predictability and surprise,

pattern and chaos,

energy and being still,

It’s about me and it’s not.