About


Carolyn Shores Wright is an artist currently living in Huntsville, Alabama. When Carolyn had two teenage sons, she began her art career. Her early works were done in oils and acrylics, but for a vacation trip her husband gave her a set of watercolor paints. She soon realized she had found her medium.

The artist has developed a style which is sensitive, delicate and uniquely her own. Her whimsical paintings, which have long been favorites of the public, express her own personality with that of the subject. Her more realistic paintings show highly developed textures and patterns.

Her work has been licensed for such products as collector plates, greeting cards, porcelain mugs, stationary products, books, fabrics, wallpaper, dining products, window decorations, t-shirts, tabletop figurines and many other items. Licensing partners include: AMIA,  Art Brands, Bradford Exchange, Burton & Burton, Cherison, Creative Converting, Crown Point Graphics, Current, Danbury Mint, Dimensions, Harvest House Publishers, JQ Greetings, Leanin’ Tree, Marian Heath, Raz Imports, Toland Home & Garden,  etc.

Her work has also been used for promotional greeting cards by Audubon Society, the Christian Children’s Fund, Colorful Images, Military Officers Association of America, National Geographic, Retired Officers Association, Smithsonian, and Yankee Magazine.

CShoresInc can also be found on FacebookPinterestWanelo and Twitter: @CShoresInc.  Original watercolor paintings and prints are available for sale in my shops at ArtFire and Etsy.
Original art, prints and licensed items are available at Vintage Interiors and Encore Resales in Pelham, Alabama, USA.
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49 Responses to “About”

  1. Christine McNew July 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi, Carolyn,

    Thank you for brightening my life with your lovely artwork. I have a picture of a hummingbird drawing nectar from beautiful blue flowers, dated 1979. I have enjoyed it so much over the years.

    Best regards,

    Christine

    • Carolyn Shores Wright July 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Hello, Christine….thanks for your message…I’m always delighted to hear from people who own a painting and let me know they have enjoyed it for so long…Have a great day…Carolyn

  2. Josee Forzono August 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Carolyn, I aquired a 8×10 picture of three little blue birds with white chests sitting on a branch. The birds on the sides appear to be singing to the middle bird. The branch has 2 leaves and 4 berries hanging from the left of the branch .. The picture is ink and pencil signed as well as numbered 159/200. Also there is a circled C52 after the signature. Does this picture have a title / name ? I love this picture. I will be anxious for your reply Thanks for your happy pictures. Josee

    • Jay Wright August 19, 2011 at 2:31 am #

      Hi, Josee…Thanks so much for your message. Mom has asked me to respond for her.The “C52” in a circle should indicate the copyright year, but mom wasn’t painting in 1952. Perhaps it is C92? Or C82? The print had a relatively small run at 200.She thinks the piece is titled “Caught in the MIddle”–the two birds on the end may be lecturing the one in the center. Mom is the youngest of four siblings and says she sometimes felt caught like that as a child…thanks again for contacting mom; we are so glad you enjoy her work. We have a question for you–Is this piece matted? Thanks…her older son, Jay Wright

  3. Betty Hinds September 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I have aquired a picture of an old lady standing by a fence , she has on a straw hat and holding a pitch fork in her hand with a metal bucket sitting on the ground beside her. It is signed Carolyn Shore Wright ,dated 88 and has 483/1000 on it. I can’t find any information about it on the computer. Is it one of yours? Can you give me any information about it? Thank You very much. Betty

    • Carolyn Shores Wright September 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      Hello…yes, the print you have from 1988 is one of my mother’s…she tells me it was one of a pair of similar prints done in that time period…mom has always liked painting older people, especially women…they remind her of family members when she was a child…she has done a number of such paintings over the years and they have been very popular…if the print you have has been signed twice, one signature is a part of the print and the other is her actual signature on that print. Thanks so much for contacting mom; she loves to hear from people who own and enjoy her work.

      Jay Wright

  4. Le September 29, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Hello..This Le Yeatts from Oklahoma city.I love to have the Holiday Bet from your colection.I never see this set ABC any where..Can you please tell me how I can find to purchage the set OK..or book.Please let me know.Thank you very much.Le

    • Jay Wright October 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi..the holiday alphabet you are asking about is the one on the Artworks! web site at http://www.artworkslicensing.com/html/holiday_bets.html Artworks! is mom’s licensing agent. That particular alphabet has only been used on some labels and envelope seals so far. Thanks for your inquiry and we are glad you enjoy the art of Carolyn Shores Wright.

  5. Christine Schnaufer Vincent April 5, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Christine, Illinois
    I have 6 signed framed prints and love each one. I want them all! I think you have captured the essence and personality of these lovely wonders

  6. Cely April 25, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    After seeing one of the images from Birds Life Series 1 of a fellow card crafters blog, I was hooked and in LOVE. But, only to find PC Crafters is closed and the digital images are no longer available to purchase. I can only hope the rights to the digital images went back to you, the artist. OMG…these birds have captured the essence of life in such an adorable way. Perhaps I have missed where I can purchase. Ahhh…such an awesome talent and to find it when you did!

    • Jay Wright April 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      Hello, and thanks for contacting us…mom loves to hear from people who enjoy her work. Since PC Crafters has closed, mom’s licensing company Artworks Licensing http://www.artworkslicensing.com/html/carolyn_shores_wright.html hopes to negotiate another contract soon for the sale of digital images…Jay Wright

  7. Cely April 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Thank you for your response and I will stay “very close” and watch the negotiations that will happen sooner than later. lol

  8. Angela S April 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Hello! We found this wonderful framed print at an estate sale and brought it home. It is signed by Carolyn Shores Wright. It is, like others here, signed in ink and in pencil. It appears to be either ’81 or ’87 (by the copywright number) and is numbered 1547/1950. It’s a lovely image of a blue jay on a branch filled with delicate pink flowers. The previous owner ingeniously had it framed by a local company (according to back sticker) with a light blue stonework matting. It’s a beautiful effect with the soft colors in the artwork. I’d love to know more about the painting. I found this site through Google, and also saw so many other lovely works while searching. Congratulations on a Beautiful talent, Mrs Wright!

    • Jay Wright May 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      Hello, Angela S.

      Thanks for contacting us about mom’s art…she always likes to hear from people who enjoy her work…I’ve talked with her about your query, and she doesn’t remember this particular print…would you be able to email a photo to the address below? Also, what is the size of the print, including the matting?

      Mom has been very prolific over the years, and so many products, including many prints, have been licensed from her work that we have trouble keeping track of it all!

      Thanks again and all the best…

      Jay Wright

      cshoresinc@gmail.com

      https://carolynshoreswright.net/

      http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/CShoresInc

  9. Roxanne Johnson May 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    I have bought two framed hummingbird with flowers (hibiscus) I think! They are signed twice and on top of the signatures there is Ap it looks like it was done in pencil. These were done in ’92. Thanks and love your work!
    Roxanne Johnson

    • Jay Wright May 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      Hello, Roxanne Johnson…

      Thank you for leaving your comment about mom’s work…she always likes to hear from people who enjoy it…yes, you have a signed print…artist signatures can appear in three ways: on the original painting, as a part of a print from that painting, and then a second signature on the print done by the artist for that print…mom’s work has been licensed for many prints [and other objects] over the years, and she did sign a number of those prints…thanks again and all the best….Jay Wright

  10. Jodi Koon-Atlanta, GA May 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Hello, I recently bought a print of three bluebirds playing golf, called “On the Greens”. It is signed twice and has 1167/1950 in pencil. It is in mint condition on heavy paper in plastic sleeve. I found it among some papers at an estate sale. I didn’t find any other art such as this in the collection at the sale. I haven’t been able to find anything on the internet about this particular print. Can you tell me anything about it? My husband and I play golf and it makes me smile–it is such a fun print! Thanks so much!

    • Jay Wright May 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

      Hello, Jodi Koon…

      I’m glad you enjoy “On the Greens”…the original of that print is one of a number that mom did in the 1980s in a series of humorous paintings called “Bird Life”…you can see originals of a few in that series in the ArtFire studio at http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/CShoresInc/1/7/16017//

      The prints from that series have been very popular…we hope in the future to be offering more of the originals and prints in the series for sale on ArtFire and other venues…

      Thanks for contacting us and all the best…Jay Wright

    • Matthew McLean October 2, 2012 at 4:15 am #

      I have also found a print of the three golf playing birds. It has the same pencil markings c88 1127/1950. If you know of the auction value would you please give me an idea thank you for your time

      • Jay Wright October 2, 2012 at 11:45 am #

        Hello, Mr. McLean, and thank you for your comment…the number “1127” means you have print #1127 out of the 1950 that were printed in that particular run…the c88 indicates a 1988 copyright date…over the years mom’s art has many licensed for hundreds of items, including many prints such as the one you have. We have no way to determine the current value of any of those items.

        We hope you enjoy the print and thanks for contacting us…all the best…

        Jay Wright

        cshoresinc@gmail.com

        https://carolynshoreswright.net/

        http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/CShoresInc

    • Rita Vankeulen November 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi I just found the same print framed in a grift shop….love it, 1414/1950. C88. Love it

  11. David R. Clark, Sr. June 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi. This mornng I purchased at a yard sale three nicely framed and backed prints dated 1994. One is a cup and saucer with leaves, another one is a plate with the green leaves, and the last one is a tea pot decorated with leaves.When I saw them, I said, you are coming home with me. My wife thought I was crazy paying $15.00 for the three. I said I will find a place or send them to my daughter.
    They are very nice and were done in 1994. Were they originals or part of a numbered collection, it does not show anything other than the name, and 94.

    Thank you so much. They are very distinctive.

    David Clark

  12. katie williams September 9, 2012 at 1:27 am #

    I have two painting of some lovely chinese woman, one is holding a fan facing to the left i believe and the other is another woman facing to the right, separate paintings, signed by carolyn wright shores ’94

    • Jay Wright September 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      hi, Ms. Williams…thanks for your note…mom has always been fascinated by patterns and design elements in painting and the two prints you have are examples…mom’s many paintings of quilt patterns and original crockery designs are others….Jay Wright

  13. Sally Johns February 21, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Hello. I have two framed artworks, each holding three approximately 5″ x 7″ prints of very fine-appearing tea cups and saucers. These are dated 1993 and I cannot tell if they are hand-signed and if there are two signatures or one. I have had these for approximately five years and consider them to be one of my greatest finds. Could you tell me about these, please? Thanks for sharing your great talent with all of us, your adoring public!

  14. andria donnelly brewer December 6, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    I have a beautiful framed/ matted one that is approx 9 x 7″. It is a fat little blue and yellow bird on a stalk of yellow flowers…it is signed once and nothing more. Is that an early painting or print? I just love it. I can send a pic if you would like to see it. I simply cannot find info on it anywhere. It’s so nice to be able to come here and ask about it. Give your Mom my regards…

    • Jay Wright December 6, 2013 at 4:41 am #

      Hello and thank you for contacting us…please do send a digital to us at cshoresinc@gmail.com Mom has painted many birds and flowers over the years and that will help us identify it and hopefully provide a little more information…Jay Wright

  15. Anahi June 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    I purchased at a yard sale a 7 x 9 picture of what appears to be a letter or poem in pencil with a bouquet of pink hibiscus flowers in the center, which was done with colored pencils I believe, on the upper right corner there is a date of May 21? can’t seem to make out the rest and the letter/poem is written to (For My ____ ) couldn’t make out the name and is signed on the bottom left corner Carolyn Shores Wright, the actual parchment paper has a certain design on the outer edges of paper. Could you tell me any information on this one..
    Thank you

    • Jay Wright June 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

      Hello and thank you for your inquiry. We are not sure about the piece you describe; would you be able to email a photo to cshoresinc@gmail.com? That way mom and I may be able to identify it. Thanks again for your interest in mom’s artwork.

  16. Lana Weller February 25, 2016 at 12:33 am #

    Hi Carolyn,
    I pray you get this. I found one of your prints framed at a Goodwill in Ballyntine, NC and it was a “blessing” that was meant “for me” to find, even though your beautiful work was given up and found in a Goodwill.
    The print is of an Eastern Bluebird wearing a cowboy hat sitting on a wooden horse. Do you remember it? Painted in ’93 it notes on picture.
    Well, the reason it was made for me is because I always loved eastern bluebirds; however, I lived in Houston, TX for over 40 years and never saw one.
    When I moved to Rock Hill, SC in 2005, I saw my first furry, chubby little friend at the park across from my duplex while there with my grandson, Dominic. I went ecstatic with joy!!! They are so sweet and beautiful!! The other reason your print was made for me was because after living in TX and loving it so much, I always used my email as ” txbluebird…@…”. And that was years before I found your print.
    Just recently changed my email and it is now:
    atxbluebird@gmail.com
    I am going to be 65 in October and now live in PA near Penn State University.
    I realize no one will ever appreciate your print the way or as much as I do. I want you to know it was one of those little blessings God gives me when life isn’t going all that great. He always seems to know when I need a ‘pick me up’. I appreciate the little things in life and absolutely LOVE nature with a passion.
    I have no idea why you painted the bluebird cowboy or what inspired you; but I assure you it will stay with me till I die and then go to my only grandchild, Dominic, who is my joy & greatest gift of my life. He’s almost 17 and still lives in SC.
    So, “Thank You Carolyn” for painting a blessing that truly was made for me, even though it took a long time for it to reach me. God’s plan in His time.
    Your work is beautiful – amazing in many ways. Congratulations on your success and your blessed talents.
    I’m a quilter and quilt designer. I’ve painted in the past also (not nearly as beautifully as you), but love fabric so much more. Hope to publish my quilt designs soon – my how the days pass too quickly. Lol
    If you’re ever in the Penn State area, please email me, I would love to meet you.
    Wishing you many blessings, good health and success,
    Lana W.

  17. anne smith October 19, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    hello Carolyn, I wanted you to know,I live in Scotland,and have one of your paintings,its called the The Cotton Pickers ,Its a very unusual piece of art.hope you are keeping well ,its very cold here ,its nice to look at your painting and feel the summer haze.thank you.

  18. Austin Morrill December 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    Hello Carolyn-

    I recently purchased your artwork called ‘Backyard Chef’ which depicts a chicken grilling food over a fire.
    It was drawn in 1987. I have number 556 out of 1950.
    Is this a watercolor that was reproduced? How was that done? Is it different from a lithograph?
    What are the items the chicken is cooking? I get the impression it may be a satire about carnivores.

    Regards,

    Austin

    • Jay Wright December 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Hello, Austin Morrill. Thank you for your inquiry about mom’s artwork. “Backyard Chef” is one of a number of paintings mom has done over the years in her “Bird Life” series that feature birds in human settings. You can see many of them in the Etsy and ArtFire shops where mom’s work is available. Lithographic prints have been licensed from many of mom’s paintings and in this case you have print #556 from a print run of 1950. I doubt mom had much specific in mind about the nature of the meal being cooked! Thanks again for contacting us; mom always likes to hear from people who enjoy her work.

  19. Linda January 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    Hello! I recently bought a print of Ms Wright’s of a sassy little bird laid back in the top of a rusting blue enamelware coffee cup. his little face is so expressive!!… I love it! I’d love to know if he has a title. The print is signed twice, pencil and pen, done in ’86 and is number 68 of 1000. I plan to hunt for more of the work of this talented artist!

    • Jay Wright July 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

      Hello & thank you for your inquiry. Sorry to be so long in responding. The item you have is called “Hot Tub” and is one of many in mom’s “Bird Life” series featuring humorous bird scenes. Companions to this particular one are “Holiday Cruise” with a pair of birds in a pool and “Drifting” with a bird floating in an inner tube. The print you have is a signed print–one signature is part of the print run and mom actually signed your print in pencil. You have print #68 from a run of 1000. Thanks again for your interest in mom’s art!

  20. Laura Brasseale July 17, 2017 at 3:41 am #

    My mother was a decorator at Oxford Galleries in Birmingham Al. where she got this wonderful painting by Carolyn Shores Wright…It’s signed and dated 77….Small frame and all its a 6×6..
    It has Carolyns name and address on the back and under that it says American Goldfinch in pencil…..What year did she start painting?
    Thank You,
    Laura

    • Jay Wright July 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank you for you inquiry about mom’s art. You have a fairly early original of mom’s. She began painting around 1967 and had her first show in Huntsville, Alabama, in the spring of 1969. She hasn’t stopped painting since!

  21. Nancy and Norman Parker August 5, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    My husband and I just hung 2 of Carolyn’s prints in our dining room. One is a pear and berries and the other a peach and grapes, both on black ground. We acquired them at a church sale this morning. They are gorgeously matted and framed and we absolutely love them. We don’t find a copyright or date on them but in looking on line I believe they are some of her earlier works. Could you give us an approximate date they were painted or any other information you might know about them. What a talent!

    • Jay Wright August 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in mom’s art! These two items, “Apple & Grapes” and “Pear & Raspberries” were painted in 1998 at the request of her licensing company at the time. The black background is unusual for mom. She has painted many fruits and vegetables over the years but no others with such a background. The title and date information is on the prints you have but hidden by the mats and frames. Thanks again for your comments; mom always loves to hear from people who enjoy her work!

    • Jay Wright August 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

      Oh, by the way, mom did her first art show in 1969 and continues to paint today, so these are not really “early” ones!

  22. Lana Weller August 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    Hi, Pl.
    I know you’re extremely busy, but I was hoping you could answer a question. I sent an email Feb.26, 2016 but for some reason I didn’t receive a reply, which is ok. It was longggg. My question is: Could you ask Carolyn what inspired her to paint the bluebird cowboy on the wooden horse? It’s titled: The Lone Rider.
    Thank you so much. I treasure it as my second favorite print I own of famous artists…because it’s FUN!!! God bless you.

    • Jay Wright August 13, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

      Hello…I’m responding for mom, since she seldom uses the Internet. She prefers to use the time to paint. I’m sorry we did not respond to your earlier posting! I asked mom about inspiration for “The Lone Rider”, and she said as with most things she paints she doesn’t really know where the ideas come from. This particular piece is one of many in her “Bird Life” series of humorous or whimsical bird paintings. You can see others in our Etsy and ArtFire shops. Thanks for your interest in mom’s work! –Jay Wright

      • Lana Weller August 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

        Thank you for responding. I appreciate your time. One more question…IF I have time, may I use THE LONE RIDER print I have, painted by your mother, to design a quilt? It would probably be a wall hanging size or lap size (if overly ambitious). I need her permission, of course, hoping it turns out well and I can then enter it in various quilt shows. If entered in any shows, I will give ‘inspiration credit’ to your mother and notify you, if required by Carolyn Wright, when I enter the piece and/or if any recognition is given, so she can share in the credit and joy! No rush, it’s something I’ve considered since the last comment to you. Thank you,

    • Jay Wright August 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

      I’ve read your note about the quilting. Please contact us at cshoresinc@gmail.com so we can discuss the matter in a non-public forum. Thanks!–Jay Wright

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