Carmen Duran


Painting came to me a little later in life. I had always been a creative person and once my children were mostly grown, I found photography and enjoyed it. Learning everything I could, soon after I had been invited to exhibit my work.  During the exhibit, something was telling me that there was more for me. Most of my photographs were Midwest landscapes and flower gardens. That night in a room full of people, I knew I should be painting. The feeling was overwhelming and I bought a few supplies the next day. 

And my journey began with a daily practice of drawing and sketching a variety of subjects, from simple doodles to portraits using charcoal and other mediums. 

I soon found that I could not wait to get home from my day job and play in my sketchbook. My life had brought unexpected twists and turns, the daily practice brought much relaxation and the stress of the day would melt away. This same daily practice is still an important part of my life today. My art is personal, emotional and a reflection of my own experiences. Each painting speaks to a different story. I incorporate a variety of mediums both traditional and nontraditional.

As a lifelong mid-westerner, calling Wisconsin home, some of my favorite things include: long nature walks, enjoying the Wisconsin landscapes, good food, great conversations and cherished time with friends and family. In the in-between moments, I can be found in my basement studio painting and creating.

Part of the proceeds of my art sales will be donated to a carefully selected program benefiting children’s cancer awareness and education.  

I paint to remember my life.



In my art, I like to capture whimsical floral gardens with vivid colors and bold brushstrokes and textures. 

While the paintings in this series speak to the feminine side of nature, there are moments when we get lost in our Midwest landscape as the colors unfold with the seasons. The textures of the earth strike the balance of the end of things and the magic of new beginnings in the spring. 

When I first started painting, I struggled with creating work that spoke to the idea that painting could be fun.  Once I let go of perfection and began enjoying the process, my skills and techniques grew through exploration, discovery and community.