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Carolyn Cushing – Riverview Studio

CarolynCTourSite2014-Main_edited-1Carolyn has been painting for forty years, using various paints, techniques and materials.  This all began when Carolyn and her husband James purchased land in the Ozark area of Arkansas back in the early 1970’s. The family had not only fallen in love with the overwhelming beauty of the region, but in particular it’s very special people.  After deciding this is where they wanted to raise their three children, they made the move from Oklahoma in March of 1975. Unfortunately, they hadn’t realized the very limited opportunity to find work.  They found they had to create their own way to survive.  At first they lived totally off the land and then Jim took up his carving hobby and Carolyn painted. After working part time, carving at a wood carving shop and at the Ozark Folk Center, Jim sold their land and purchased the “old Dulcimer Shop building”, on the Ozark Folk Center Road. They combined their talents and eventually were making their living from creating competition grade duck decoys and selling gifted Ozark craft people’s work and art.

Wildlife, flowers and local scenery are the primary subjects for Carolyn’s paintings now. She prefers painting on canvas, which her husband stretches, and uses water soluble oils exclusively. Jim also takes most of the photographs that Carolyn refers to when painting. Living along the White River not only provides inspiration but a place where wildlife, flowers and breathtaking scenery abounds.



From the traffic light in Mountain View take highways 5, 9 and 14 North about 5 miles to the junction, where the highways split (at Anglers).

Take highway 9 East (towards Melbourne) and cross the White River bridge and take the first road left, (North) and you will be on North Riverview.

You will travel about a block when you will jog to the left and then take a quick right.

Our brick home is the second lot on the left hand side of the road, at 164 North Riverview.

Handicap entry is available.



  1. Caroline, I met you today at the health food store. Your work is absolutely awesome. Thank you for the link to get here. I love your work. 🙂

  2. My husband Bud and I were at your studio today and both loved your work. You had some great suggestions for him and he is excited to get home and start painting! We both loved your owl and I would like to purchase him for Bud for Christmas. Could you contact me and let me know what I need to do go purchase him? Thank you, Mrs. Cushing!
    Caroline Finley

  3. BEAUTIFUL….. Carolyn & Jim… love you dearly.. Bob Burns from YCW 1950s-1960s

  4. Traveling thru arkansas on a trip my wife and I stopped at a one room house. That day I bought six beautiful decoys signed by James A Cusing of which still have and would never consider selling. My email address is and my cell is 936-672-6647. I would like to talk about the works of art.

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