Caroline Elgin’s art is shaped by two key elements of her life: her passion for animals, especially dogs, and her disability, cerebral palsy caused by trauma at birth.
A recent graduate of The Art Institute of Northern Virginia-Dulles, majoring in Web and Graphic Design, Caroline quickly learned to use a computer to express herself. Using the touch pad and various high-end software programs (Illustrator, Photoshop), she is able to do things her physical disabilities would not let her do with a pencil or brush. Her work simply, but expressively, captures the emotions she feels from animals, especially the happiness dogs bring to the lives of their humans. Whether printed on canvas or on a mug, Caroline’s art is happy and unique, like a wagging dog’s tail.
Dogs play many roles in Caroline’s art and in her life. Donations are always accepted at her shows for Canine Companions for Independence, to enable this national non-profit to continue placing amazing service dogs with people with disabilities, and to thank them for her current four-pawed helper, Shelly, and for Sajen, her first CCI service dog, friend and inspiration, recently retired after 10 extraordinary years at Caroline’s side. She enjoys donating her work to other favorite non profits, such as The Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center, and A Place to Be Music Therapy.
Caroline has shown her work at various venues through the Middleburg Arts Council. She has won blue ribbons at 2013 The Piedmont Regional Art Show and Sale, and in many Fauquier County Fairs. Her work can be seen and purchased on her website, www.labradorabledesigns.com.