Mornings are when Caroline Clarke leaps from bed, grabs pencil and sketchbook, and begins venturing into her daily drawing practice.

Member Capital: Caroline Clarke
By Ann Warman


 
Mornings are when Caroline Clarke leaps from bed, grabs pencil and sketchbook, and begins venturing into her daily drawing practice. For Caroline, the discoveries she unearths during her day-to-day sketching sessions become the fuel for artistic vision and adventure.



Up until four years ago, Caroline was committed to a 24-7 career in international development. She worked in a variety of technical and leadership roles supporting economic growth and poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. She was based in Washington DC and her last post was in Belize. Born in Seattle, Caroline graduated from the University of Washington and then earned her Ph.D. from MIT in urban studies and planning.
 
In 2011, she moved to the Island with her husband Neil, an economics professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania (and a poet), to be closer to her aging parents.
 
Since that time her fascination with drawing has flourished, so much so that she aspires to become a professional illustrator. She says, “It started with my dream to draw, to bring wonderful pen and ink images into the world to delight myself and others. I thought of all the things I would do if I could draw and, oh, the creative life that I would lead.”
 
Caroline and Neil converted one of the garden buildings behind their home into Caroline’s private artist studio, and this has become one of the sacred places where she explores pen and paper, each day. 
 

 
How can Rotarians help Caroline on this path?
 
She would be grateful for introductions to professional illustrators, to discuss what they do with their art and how they got there. She would also like to talk with arts educators and artists to ask about their recommendations for learning paths, tutors, and workshops.
 
And, she would also love to talk with you, fellow Rotarians, to gain your thoughts on where she might contribute her drawings in support of our club’s goodwill missions.
 
Caroline writes, “If I could draw, I would illustrate Neil’s poems, comment on current events, illustrate books, experiment with fantastical concepts, tell wonderful stories, catch life’s absurdities, delight millions.” Caroline simply does not think small; let’s support her on her journey and find inspiration in her talent and drive.