Carolyn Zick


It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of a dear Critter- Carolyn Zick. She was with us only a short time- but touched us deeply with her thoughtful and compassionate insights. She was a talented artist and blogger- I recommend her blog Dangerous Chunky! She exhibited three small paintings in the Intimacies exhibition, which are included in the catalog (pg 88-89). For he Monday group - she was thrilled with our monthly shout-outs, and expressed how much she loved the group and the Lab. I am so grateful for the time with her.

A Joyous Goodbye to you Carolyn. 

On November 2nd, 2022, Carolyn Zick passed away at her home in New London, CT, after undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer for the past year. She was a renowned art blogger, who created the seminal Art Blog Dangerous Chunky, which can be found on her own art website She was a gifted artist and writer, who also had interests in knitting and fashion design. Her gardens were another place of creativity and refuge for many years.

The most important thing to note about Carolyn was the abundance of friendships that she made during her life. She was funny, talented, generous and kind. The kind of a friend that most people wished they could be. She will be greatly missed by everyone. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to you local Hospice Care provider or these two organizations that Carolyn was involved in:

Carolyn Zick -in her words

I’m an artist interested in capturing moments linked to my own experience through drawings, paintings, printmaking, and small sculptures. Mark-making and exploring color remain formal concerns and a starting point, but my main goal is narration. The telling of a story, a poem, an experience. There are themes that return to again and again in my head: an obsession with unidentifiable birds, places of the heart, the continuum of grief and that feeling of inadequacy found while being human.

Writing is an essential part of my practice, and I’ve maintained a long running blog and studio notebook since 2001 titled dangerouschunky ( that focuses on art and art making. It originated in NYC, followed me to Seattle and now documents life in my new hometown of New London, CT.

I hold an MFA from The State University of New York at Albany and have exhibited in spaces across the country.

Maps of Trumbull, 2022, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48” x 48”
Meander, 2021, oil on canvas panel, 9” x 12”
Small Life Improvements, 2021, gouache & charcoal on paper, 6” x 5”
Truncated Pathways, 2021, oil on canvas, 12” x 24”
Extended Passage, 2021, oil on panel, 12” x 12”