Although Carol Bajen-Gahm has a master's degree in jazz composition from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, she has been a full time painter for the last two decades. Her focus for the past decade has been on abstract paintings, which explore the effects of place and time on our inner landscape.
In 2002 she came to Pouch Cove, Newfoundland for a residency at the Pouch Cove Foundation and was profoundly affected by the light, landscape, and people. The next year, she and her husband bought a house and studio on the ocean in Torbay, just outside St. John’s. She divides her time between studios in Torbay and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Apart from her time in Pouch Cove, she has been resident at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica and the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in California. In 2006 she received a Joan Mitchell grant to attend the Santa Fe Institute of Art and in 2016 attended the 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects Residency in Duntara, a remote outport community on the Bonavista peninsula of Newfoundland.
In 2009 Carol became an at-large instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, and currently gives encaustic and pigment stick workshops at her Torbay Bight Studio.
Her paintings have been exhibited internationally, and since 2004 she has been represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland.