Carolyn LaMountain attended Saturday classes at Moore Institute of Art, Science & Industry in Philadelphia (as it was called in the mid-twentieth century) while a junior and senior in high school. She attended Rutgers University, Camden, where she majored in History & Political Science.
After marrying, she moved to Margate and taught in the social studies department of Atlantic City High School for 33 years, during which time she attained a Master's Degree in Political Science from Rowan University Glassboro) and a Master's in Psychology from Arcadia University (Beaver College).
While never losing her love of art, Carolyn seldom had time to pursue it with any great regularity until she retired from teaching. She started taking drawing classes at Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center with Joe Duffy, a retired Atlantic City High School art teacher. She then participated in watercolor classes with noted watercolorist Marie Natale, and has taken workshops at Atlantic Cape Community College.
Currently, Carolyn takes a pastel class with well-known pastel artist Linda Kaufman at the Ventnor site, and feels she has found the medium she most loves, as she is able to combine her drawing talent with the versatility of pastels and often uses her knowledge of watercolor techniques to provide backgrounds for her pastels, occasionally, combining both mediums in one painting.
Carolyn won first prize in the Atlantic County Senior Art Show competition with her pastel "Harvest Time" just one year after she began her work with pastels. Her most recent awards are first place in the Atlantic County Senior Art Show and Honorable Mention at the State level, both won by "Fruit Salad".
Besides exhibiting at the Ocean City Fine Arts League, she has had an individual show at the Margate City Library, and has shown in Millville at the NJ Chapter - American Artists Professional League, Atlantic & Cape Community College, the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, Shore Medical Center, the Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center, and in the Fall 2015 Ocean City Juried Art Show, as well as in special shows held by the pastel class.
A strong supporter of local charities and non-profits, she has donated paintings to Gilda's Club and Christ Episcopal Church in Somers Point to use as fund-raisers. Her friends look forward to receiving her original Holiday cards each year, saving and displaying them in their homes.
Carolyn is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the Ocean City Fine Arts League.