Caroline Catlett Gates is a fine artist known for her series of large-scale animal-based paintings called Horn Lake. She is from San Angelo, Texas, and currently resides in New Orleans. There she paints commissions and does various digital media projects with Scriptic Media, in addition to continuing the Horn Lake series.

Caroline accepts commission requests through the form on the Commissions page.

Some original Horn Lake paintings are available for purchase. See the image info in the Horn Lake gallery for dimensions and availability.

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Now Seeking Commissions!

If you would like to commission your own painting, please use the form on this page to describe what subject and size you’re interested in.

Price ranges below are estimates only. The final price will be determined after evaluating your request.

    Small (300-400 area, e.g. 16″x20″, 20″x20″)
    Medium (500-900 area, e.g. 20″x30″, 30″x30″)
    Large (1000-1500 area, e.g. 24″x48″, 20″x50″)
    Very Large (1500+ area, e.g. 48″x48″, etc.)

    Small… Panel $350, Canvas $475, +$100 for portraits
    Medium… Panel $700, Canvas $800-$900, +$150 for portraits
    Large… Panel $1000, Canvas $1200-$1400, +$200 for portraits
    Very Large… Panel $1400+, Canvas $1600+, +$250 for portraits

    Prices will be higher for personalized paintings, e.g. portraits of family members, as compared to portraits of famous people. Thanks for your interest!

    Browse past commissions here.

    Past Commissions

    Canvas prints available in the Print Store.


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    Horn Lake

    The Horn Lake series features a collection of large scale paintings mounted on colossal hand built stretchers depicting unusually proportioned ungulates typically found in the Southwestern region of the US.

    Many of the figures are seen locked in battle, shrieking with fear in the shadows of mysterious, mountainous apparitions, embracing one another, and desperately clamoring to survive in a desolate realm fraught with traumatic happenings and uncertainty.

    The animals are painted to scale, often maimed or mutated to great degrees, and are crudely portrayed as witnessed by a sole narrator, a West Texas native who had personally beheld the solemn abominations.

    The message of the series as a whole discusses the effects of trauma and long term misfortune experienced by an individual in the setting of rural West Texas. The technique with which each painting is produced reflects that of early Impressionists fused with the bleak tones of German Expressionism, a movement that explored similar themes of societal adversity.

    Horn Lake size reference