My art is about depicting the secret life of animals. I paint them as I see them in my waking dreams--capturing them in a fleeting moment of their lives. I do not use sketches from life or photographs, but apply acrylic paint directly onto the canvas from my own mental impressions. I paint intuitively with the image developing as an expression of the painting process. By using vivid colors on canvas that reflect my excitement and awe, I depict the hidden world of animals and the subjective particularity of their lives. My inspiration comes from childhood where I devoured everything I could about animals from documentaries, animal encyclopedias, and animal fiction. I am drawn to individual animal narratives, both real and imagined, in order to paint an emotional reality of their lives.


Caroline M. Sun is a first-generation Chinese-American painter who lives in Queens, New York.

Initially trained as a lawyer at University of Pennsylvania Law School, she practiced patent litigation for four years. She left the law to study 18th Century English Literature, eventually earning her Masters. However, throughout her life, she has had a keen interest in animals, and has studied, drawn, and painted them since childhood. In 2001, she decided to focus solely on her art and took courses at The School of Visual Arts, Great Neck Arts Center, and Women’s Studio Center. She is currently a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance, The Art Guild, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Flushing Jewish Cultural Committee, LIC Artists Inc., Queens Council on the Arts, and Women in the Arts. Her art has been discussed in articles for The Queens Courier, The Queens Chronicle, The Times Ledger, and The World Journal, and on internet radio. Her work has appeared in exhibitions at the Alliance of Queens Artists, Art-O-Mat, Bayside Historical Society, Citibank Court Square Atrium, Elderfields Preserve, Flushing Town Hall, Great Neck Arts Center, Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building, Juvenal Reis Studios Experimental Space, Life Space, and Women's Studio Center. Her work is also in private collections in New York City, Washington, D.C., Savannah, Georgia, and London, United Kingdom.