Carmen Dolen is an artist who has never been able to remember a time when she did not want to make art.  Her surroundings have always been an inspiration.  As a resident of Spearfish, SD, and living next to the rich and vibrant Black Hills, she is constantly delighted by the subject matter they provide.

Carmen was raised in the mountains of Colorado. She started her love for the arts at an early age.  Carmen made time to draw and paint as much as possible.  After earning her B.S. degree in Art Education and English, she became an art teacher and an advocate for the arts.

Carmen taught art classes at Dickinson State University and English at Central Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  She taught K – 12 in the public school system and Art for Kids summer camps in Dickinson, North Dakota.  She also provided art lessons to children and adults in her home studio.

In addition to a new surge of studio work exploring pastel, watercolor and acrylics, Carmen has been involved in–and advocates for–the Over the River Project, a temporary work of art proposed by international artist, Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude.  Installation is scheduled for summer of 2016 on the Arkansas River near Carmen’s hometown of Salida, Colorado.

Carmen has always been fascinated by the creative process and the constant challenge of capturing a moment in time and the essence of nature.

Carmen is a Signature member of the Artists of the Black Hills, and a member of the Black Hills Art Association, Casper Artists’ Guild, and the Northern Plains Water Color Society.