Carolyn Mary Kleefeld

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Laura Huxley's Departure, 2007 Acrylic/ Canvas 48"X48" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
Jungle of the Burnt Womb, 2009 Acrylic/ Canvas 60"X72" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
Shakti, 2004 Mixed Media/ Canvas 36"X60" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
Reconciliation , 2004 Oil On Canvas 36"X60" © ©
The Mavericks, 2010 Oil/ Canvas 48"X48" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
Celestial Mountain, 2006 Mixed Media 36"X36" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
La Dance, 1986 Acrylics 30"X24" © ©
Dionysian Splendar , 1990 Acrylics & Gouache 40"X72" © ©
The Pagan Mountain I Live On, 1989 Mixed Media 32"X40" © ©
Circus Lovers, 2000 Oil On Canvas 24"X18" © ©
Izabella the Polish Gypsy, 2007 Oil On Canvas 20"X20" © ©
Lovers of the Golden Fishes, 2010 Oil/Canvas 48"X36" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
The Gambler Queen, 2009 Oil/Canvas 36"X24" © © Carolyn Mary Kleefeld
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psychedelic, Huxley, Leary, Big Sur, mixed-media, modern, figurative

Born in Catford, England, Carolyn grew up in southern California, where she majored in art and psychology at UCLA.  In 1980, she moved to her cliff-side home high above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, where she studies, writes, and paints amidst the surrounding wilderness.


A passion for creative expression and a lifelong fascination with spiritual transformation has propelled Carolyn as an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. Her books have been used as inspirational texts in universities and healing centers, and, are being featured, along with the writings of seven other acclaimed women writers, in a permanent course, “The Other Half of the Sky: Eight Women Writers,”  taught by Professor Peter Thabit Jones at Swansea University in Wales. Carolyn’s poetry has been translated into Romanian, Korean, Bulgarian, and Arabic, and published in literary journals in those countries.


Carolyn’s first book, Climates of the Mind (The Horse and Bird Press, 1979), was translated into Braille by the Library of Congress.  The Alchemy of Possibility: Reinventing Your Personal Mythology (Merrill-West Publishing, 1998), with an introduction by Laura Archera Huxley, combines Carolyn’s prose, poetry, and visual art. An interview with Carolyn is included in the anthology, Mavericks of the Mind: Conversations for the New Millennium (Second edition, MAPS, 2010) as are interviews with Alan Ginsburg, Dr. Timothy Leary, and other cutting-edge thinkers of our time.


A chapter in Carolyn’s ninth book, Soul Seeds: Revelations and Drawings (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2008) and a poem in her tenth book, Vagabond Dawns (Cross- Cultural Communications, 2009) were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Vagabond Dawns includes a CD of Carolyn reading selected poems, accompanied by live music.


Carolyn’s award-winning art appears internationally in galleries, museums, private collections, and multimedia presentations, and was featured in a twenty-five year retrospective at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 2008. The university published an exhibition catalog, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, (Pepperdine University Press, 2008) which includes art from the exhibit and a commentary by museum curator and director, Michael Zakian, PhD. To learn more about Carolyn’s work, please visit

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