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Caryn Owen of House of Boys at Stripe


      As a passionate artist and scientist, I have  devoted my life to studying both marine biology and artistic expression. Although  these topics may seem mutually exclusive, I have spent years blending both of my passions. Over the past decade, I created  abstract art while simultaneously balancing motherhood and my  career as a marine biology professor.

       In 2014, I chose to leave marine biology behind to predominately  focus on my art, design and my house full of boys (my husband,  two sons, and our male pit bull!) In 2015, I launched House of Boys  Art + Design to sell my abstract contemporary art inspired by the  beachy modern vibe of Santa Cruz. I created an art collection  influenced by current design trends, Northern California style, and  shades of the color pink.

        As an emerging artist in Santa Cruz, California, my vibrant abstract  art and giclee prints evoke the lovely shades of Northern California  landscapes and beaches. I consider myself a colorist, focusing  more on featuring intense colors rather than forms. My abstract  paintings are modern, bold, feminine and colorful.  As I layer colors  on the canvas, my pictures tend to evolve, with each layer adding  texture and depth. All of my paintings represent the vibrancy, style,  and modernity of the Santa Cruz scene. I am inspired by trends in  fashion, decor, Northern California style and the always ocean.

Friday April 1st 5-9 pm 

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