“A bold impressionistic approach allows me to paint from the eyes of my soul and communicate the powerful emotions hidden in the subject matter. Life is an experience and so should art be also.”
Carla’s life of color started January 14, 1976, in Pretoria, South Africa. Spring’s flood of purple Jacaranda tree blossoms in this city could have inspired Carla’s bold use of color.
The warmth and cheerfulness of her landscapes, coastal and street scenes are true to Carla’s vibrant personality and her giving nature is evident in her liberal use of bright colors. She loves painting plein air and is equally at home in her studio where Carla prefers to use images more as reference points rather than images to paint exact replicas from. She approaches a blank canvas with absolute creative boldness. This bold impressionistic approach allows her to paint from the eyes of her soul and maybe this is why there is such powerful emotion in her work.
Carla won the Randy Higbee Award at the LPAPA Showcase 2014. She is also a Best of Acrylics 2014 international competition winner. Her more recent accomplishments include being juried into the 2015 LPAPA Best of Plein Air Show, a first place award in the 2015 Paint San Clemente quick draw competition and no less than two honorable mentions in the 2015 Paint San Clemente main event. Carla has also, for the fourth year, been invited by the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council to join a select group of plein air artists in showing their original paintings in the Crystal Cove 2018 Fine Art Program. She has been juried into the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters art spectacular in Laguna Beach, California. Her work is also shown in the 2017 edition of the internationally distributed Encyclopedia of Acrylic Techniques by Hazel Harrison.
While Carla’s art finds its way all over the world, she and her family now reside in California where she continues to share her impressions of life with brush, palette, canvas, and paint.