Carolyn Lloyd Swain, a self-taught artist, has been practicing art in various mediums since her childhood. Her work is known for minute detail and naive style. Her inspiration derives from music, literature, architecture, and childhood memories. She often uses carving techniques.
She paints in a traditional style. Some of her earlier works were featured in Country Living Magazine and Early American Life Magazine. Her painting, “Port of Yorktown” was selected to commemorate the Yorktown Tercentenary Celebration as a poster in 1991. Her artwork is displayed in noted collections including the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the White House Collection.