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Caryn Owen — Our May First Friday Artist

House of Boys Art + Design by Caryn Owen 


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 



As an emerging artist in Santa Cruz, California, my vibrant abstract landscapes evoke the lovely shades of Northern California seascapes and beaches. In 2017, I was inspired to create paintings of the beautiful botanicals of my travels. I currently have two abstract series reflecting these two inspirations. 

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.



Shop Caryn's paintings here.

Join us for a virtual First Friday on May 1st at 5pm here.

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