Her art embodies the carefree life on the earth’s most infamous summer island.
If I could turn back the clock to the 1960’s and make my way on a Tramp Steamship to the Aegean isle of Mykonos, one colorful character would emerge as legendary: Caroline Wells. Blessed with talent, this Boston born fine arts educated painter etches her mark in history.
Mykonos is a curious location. It seems that everyone wanted to control the land and wealth of this minute piece of heaven for millennia. Even the Greek gods marked this as their turf on the adjoining speck called Delos. The Barbary Pirates worked the harbors only 500 years back. So much so, that the nibble residents built their port town streets into a maze to divide and conquer the marauding cut-throats. These mazes of whitewashed paths remain today. And today still, the throngs of visitors and cruisers overwhelm the port from April to October.
On her journey to Mykonos, Ms. Caroline Wells was christened Karolina, struck by the beauty of the Cycladic island and had settled in as a prominent citizen. Her art is a primitive, almost child- like, depiction of the life and cubic architecture of the region. Vibrant blues, two dimensional Greek sailor figures, whimsical pelicans and cobblestoned vistas in oil on canvas or board find world-wide homes. Her paintings reflect a light-hearted glimpse into the career path of a strong willed woman and her vision of liberation on a tiny Greek island. Raising two children, now grown, and wintering in New York, while summering on Mykonos, she holds a special place in the hearts of the island locals. Her paintings are owned by Armani, Valentino, Yehuni Menuhin, Gigli and others to include corporations and featured in well worn travel guides.
She can be seen sipping coffee in a taverna by afternoon and on the harbor of Mykonos on a balmy evening amongst strolling visitors. The Greek fisherman’s cap is the give-a-way! Several fresh painting can be seen propped next to the seawall. My stroll though the narrow paths of Mykonos with her proved her identity to the path she has chosen. And, unlike the Barbary Pirates of the past, she is not lost. Look for Karolina.