I grew up in Larchmont, New York. After attending SUNY College at New Paltz, I received my BFA in painting from University of Colorado. I love to visit museums to study the art of the old masters. I have exhibited at various bay area galleries and been included in many local and national juried competitions. My work is housed in corporate and private collections. I teach art, design, and software, both privately, and have taught at Expression College, Bay Area Video Coalition, and San Francisco City College Extension. I live in the Goodman 2 Art Center.

About the Artwork

I create still life paintings, often including a sentient animal gazing at the viewer. The arrangement echoes classical hunting scenes but modern elements provide a commentary on contemporary life and its detritus. Lately, the work has taken on a more unconscious, dream-like or sci-fi quality.

After a thumbnail sketch, the paintings are started directly on canvas with a brush. I work from life and in natural light, if possible. I welcome distortions that seep into the work; I am not a camera. Works are concepted in series, each of which may span several years. I am a life-time student of nature: painting plein air landscapes, and drawing from life.


My older sister, Jeanne, taught me to draw and paint horses. At age seven, my mother gave me a set of oil paints and canvas boards and told me to paint in the basement when I woke up early. At age eight, my best friend, Mary Ann Wolf, and I started the Little Artists Club. The club had only two members but it had a fancy art opening in Mary's basement.

My mother, Jeanne, and I, spent a summer on a grand tour of Europe, visiting many museums starting with the Louvre. College art history classes later invoked vivid memories of the original works. Other influences are Charles Addams, New Yorker cartoonists, Mad Magazine, and Eloise.

Directions to the Studio

My painting studio at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard is open any time by appointment. Come by and see what's happening!
The studio is in Building 101, Studio 1223, in the middle on the ground floor, behind the flagpole.

GPS: 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco

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Driving: From Highway 280 or 101 in San Francisco, exit at Cesar Chavez East. Turn South on Evans Street. Stay on Evans for 2 miles. (The street changes name to Innes St.) Keep left toward water. At the guardhouse, please state that you are visiting Crampton in Building 101-1223. The studio is next to the main door, on the first floor.

Bus: The Shipyard is served by Muni #19 Polk bus. The studio is handicap accessible.


Just to make life more interesting, I play in two gigging rock bands and was a founding member of two seminal punk (or post-punk bands) in the late 1970's. Click here for more on my music exploits.


Carolyn working on a still life.

Crampton working on "Still life with Iris and Snoopa".





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