Carolyn Damstra has lived in Michigan most of her life and has traveled extensively throughout North America and abroad. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art and an Master of Arts in art history from Michigan State University. She had been included in many solo and juried state and regional exhibitions including the Dennos Museum’s Art of Sleeping Bear Dunes and was selected as Artist in Residency at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Recently several of her paintings were chosen in an exhibit for the Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State at the embassy in Fiji. Her current body of work explores the landscapes and shorelines of Michigan. Through her travels and painting, Damstra seeks out the healing power of immersion in nature and finds an emotional connection to our environment through visual observation. Her mission is to spread awareness of the power of this connection, through art. Her paintings serve as bridge, or a catalyst, for connecting with the natural world and finding peace and spiritual health, as well as portraying the stunning beauty of her home state and the Midwestern region.