Carolyn Marks Blackwood was born in Anchorage Alaska and raised in Great Neck, New York and attended Great Neck North Senior High School. She attended and graduated from Rutgers University and did a year of Graduate School at NYU. She is a writer, producer and Fine Art photographer. Carolyn has been extremely active in many conservation organizations and issues. In 1997 she started Magnolia Mae Films, with partner Gaby Turner which has five green lighted projects at different stages of pre-production. Carolyn was the lead producer of The Duchess and Carolyn herself served as Executive Producer of the film. She is a writer and producer on the film Barbette, which will be filmed in 2011. Her photography work focuses on the Hudson River specifically many of her photographs capture the moving, splintering, ice sheets the flow down the river in the winter months. Her photography is represented by the Alan Klotz Gallery in new York City. In addition, Carolyn is grateful to the Riverkeeper, especially John Lipscomb, for allowing her to shoot from the Riverkeeper boat in preparation for a Hudson River photography Show in 2009, celebrating the quadracentennial of Henry Hudson’s sail. Carolyn has a house on a 100ft. cliff in Rhinecliff, NY, overlooking the Hudson River that she uses as her studio and lives on a working currant farm with Greg Quinn, a horticulturalist.