Donna Beverly and Carolee Clark have been painting together weekly since 2000. One September day in 2007, they decided to swap paintings. Donna chose one of Carolee’s paintings and Carolee chose one of Donna’s to work on. That afternoon they worked into the early evening, so excited about the process of working on a painting that the other had started.
They decided to create a new series of paintings which would be a collaborative effort. Each artist would start a painting, then they would switch and continue painting. At each stage, the artist would have complete freedom to change and work on the painting in any manner they wished.
Some of these paintings are swapped up to eight times, some only three
times. When the work is nearing completion, both artists would work more closely together until they agreed that it is finished and at a very high quality, allowing the Caradon signature.
Caradon is a combination of their two first names "Car" for Carolee and
"Don" for Donna. To confuse matters further, Donna signs the
"Cara" part and Carolee signs the "don" part of each painting.
Each artist brings unique skills to the process, complementing each
others’ work. The resulting paintings are incredibly strong, bold in
color and design.
"Under the Petticoats"
36" x 24" acrylic on canvas