I grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna cum Laude. I pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received my Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University with a concentration in Drawing and Painting. I completed my 200 hour RYT training at Shrimath Yoga (Bihar School) near Bangalore, India. I am also a Usui/ Holy Fire iii Reiki Master Teacher, a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, an Animal Reiki Master Teacher, and a Professional Member of the International Center for Reiki Training.
I am the sole proprietor of J.Caroline Youngblood Fine Art, LLC. I have been working as a professional artist since 1998, while attending art school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Upon completion of my Master of Fine Arts, I have been devoted full time to creating a business through my talent with studio and galleries in Monroe, Louisiana, and other representation across the southern United States.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in one word.
Describe yourself in three words.
Simple, Efficient, Practical
What do you love the most about creating art in Louisiana? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
The energy of my Louisiana neighborhood inspires my work. I choose symbolic found objects from my immediate environment and, using Reiki as a tool, I find an energetic connection with them and channel the Energy into a visual healing object.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I am a Reiki practitioner and I use Shamanic journeying with Reiki to begin each piece I create. I do this is in hopes of putting my personality and ego aside to channel the highest vibration of Energy (LOVE) possible to create my Art.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Inspiration comes through Experiences and Objects I find
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
I have always been attracted to figurative work that tells stories and fragments time and space. I am drawn to expressive work that conveys emotion and transcends time and space. I also celebrate the design and influence of Eastern Art. All time favorites in my field are Edgar Degas and Giacometti, and Contemporary Figurative influences are Alex Kanevysky and John Wentz, as well as Assemblage artists.
In Louisiana, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
At my home gallery within walking distance of my studio- a sanctuary I created to live in, display my art, and expand my business
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I'm a PM girl, rather than AM. Sunday has always been my favorite day. I love each month for its own unique qualities.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I had a near death experience when I was 17 when the car I was a passenger in got hit by a train traveling 70 MPH. I decided not to go to the Light at the time, but to return to share the Light with others through creating. That event in 1998 is the crescendo of my path as a creator and healer.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Visit my Automated ART Gallery at carolineyoungblood.com/reproductions and Printed Products at Carolineyoungblood.com/printed