Carolina Cleere was born in Pensacola. In her youth, she spent countless
hours exploring the bayou and Gulf of Mexico near her home. She left
Florida to study at the University of Minnesota then continued
onto a successful journalism career in Seattle and New York. However,
the Florida landscape left a lasting impression on Cleere bringing her
Due to a family tragedy, she began her Icon of Innocence series in
1996, focused on early childhood development. Cleere creates surreal
portraits of defining moments, filled with narrative symbolism.
These unique mixed-media paintings are a tedious blend of four different
mediums which gives her work a distinctive style. She has been featured
in various international art magazines over the years. Today Cleere
is included in several permanent museum collections and many private
throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.