Carol Bajen-Gahm is an artist from Massachusetts who first came to Newfoundland in 2002 for a painting residency at Pouch Cove. In 2003, she and her husband, Rex Passion, affected by the light, landscape, and people of Newfoundland, bought a house and studio on the ocean in Torbay, just outside the capital city of St. John’s. In 2013 they became permanent residents of Canada.
In 2009 Carol invited R&F Paints of Kingston, NY, to come to her Newfoundland studio to do an encaustic workshop. Partnering with St. Michael's Printshop in St. John’s, R&F presented two days of printmaking at St. Michael's using R&F pigment sticks and a two day encaustic workshop at Carol’s studio in Torbay. R&F left their state of the art equipment at the studio and Carol became an R&F at-large instructor, presenting encaustic and pigment stick workshops at her Torbay Bight Studio.
Carol has a master's degree in jazz composition and has created installations combining the mediums of music and art. She now uses mixed media to create paintings with a dense abstract structure as a meditation on the complexity of our world.
Between 2003 and 2006 she attended residencies in Costa Rica and Dorland Mountain in California. In 2006 she received a Joan Mitchell grant to attend the Santa Fe Institute of Art. She went back to Costa Rica in January of 2016, and in that fall she attended the Two Rooms Residency at Duntara, an outport community on the Bonavista peninsula of Newfoundland.
Her paintings have been exhibited internationally, and she is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the Sivarulrasa Gallery in Almonte, Ontario.