Carolyn Gabbe was born in the West of the United States and had the honor of being an Air Force child. She traveled over much of the U.S. experiencing first hand the breadth and depth of what makes America so unique — the vastness and variety of people and places, landscapes and faces. Attending more than a dozen schools growing up, Carolyn attended The School of American Ballet in New York, is a high school graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, holds a BA from The George Washington University and earned an MA from American University.
She is a graduate of the four-year Advanced Fine Art program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, founded by Nelson Shanks with his wife Leona Shanks. Studio Incamminati is internationally recognized for its curriculum modeled on the tradition of Italian academia, French atelier and a long succession of realists including John Singer Sargent, Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche, John Koch and Peitro Annigoni. Working out of her studio in mid-coast Maine, Carolyn brings her broad background, skills and interests together in her paintings always seeking to describe the feelings and little glimpses of souls and beauty that surround us if we are paying attention.
She has been painting since 2007. She has been juried into membership at Oil Painters of America and Philadelphia Sketch Club, as well as being a member of the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, and the Union of Maine Visual Artists. She has shown work in juried shows in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Maine, including Ellarslie Open's at The Trenton City Museum, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Avery Gallery, Freeman's Gallery, The Comcast Center Gallery, Artsbridge, New Hope Arts, Salt Water Artists, River Arts and Gleason Fine Art Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico.