Carolyn Burt

Scratch Board Engraving

Carolyn Burt was born and raised in Tacoma, but now lives in Lacey, Washington. Her children are grown and she is a grandmother of three.   She received a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Puget Sound where she studied French, Art, English, and Education Administration. Spending a year in France, she attended the Ecole Regionale Des Beaux Arts and the L’Universite’ de Rennes in Rennes, France, and traveled extensively around Europe.


 Her career in art began in the 1970’s when she opened an art shop, The Sketch Pad, in Gig Harbor, Washington.  There, she specialized in custom pen and ink drawings of people’s boats and gave private drawing and watercolor lessons. However, after marrying, she sold her shop and began her career in education at Puyallup High School where she taught painting, drawing, crafts, and textile design, French, and English.  Later, she also taught at the middle school level and 5th grade, and was a middle school assistant principal and principal before retiring.   After a long hiatus, she is back pursuing her art goals. 

Carolyn is the founder and creator of Proctor Art Gallery in Tacoma.  She passed the torch on and sold it to one of the artists after she was no longer able to continue due to health issues. She is now a cancer survivor and doing well.

Currently, Carolyn specializes in scratchboard, but also works in watercolors, acrylics, pen and ink, pastels and photography.  Her focus is mostly local scenes and wildlife, but also includes subjects from her travels.  She uses all her own reference photos for her work. She prefers to depict the realistic beauty of nature and the world around us.

Carolyn is a juried member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.  She enjoys introducing people to her medium, answering questions, and explaining the techniques and skill involved in creating a work of art using knives, scalpels, tattoo needles, and engraving tools. While some artists might find the precision and attention to detail needed a bit tedious, Carolyn actually finds the process relaxing. 

Carolyn has won numerous awards over the years and her work is in private collections world-wide.

You may see more of her work at her website:


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