About the Artist:
Growing up in the mountains of Montana has made me very appreciative of the world we live in. "Expressing the Beauty of Creation" is what I strive for in my art.
When a long chronic illness forced me to reexamine my life, I came to a conclusion: for me to be whole I needed to surrender to Jesus and to develop the talents and interests he had given me. As each finished painting comes out of this daily struggle, my work is signed, "By God's Grace".
Truly, my art is an extension of God’s grace towards me. I want it in turn to be a gift to you. Your partnership in my art studio allows us together to give physically and spiritually to others.
A consistent factor in my work is contrast. My paintings are built by contrasting the center of interest and varying the art elements to create depth and movement. A strong drawing plus a palette using the most light fast pigments available are fundamentals in creating intriguing and beautiful art that will last for generations to come.
2014 With the Ferguson riots and damage a mile from home, Carla burns note cards to encourage the peacemakers. Art cards can make a difference! Reconciliation workshops in St. Louis are the result.
Pastor Karl Reinagel with reconciliers Jannice and Curtis May of Office of Reconciliation and Mediation. See the October 2014 Newsletter.
2013 Realizing that "children are more important than art" prompts Carla to set aside her painting and confront the fighting on her street. Read more on Facebook Art of Carla or view pictures on Instagram# A_GARDEN_A_CHOICE.
2012 Art of Carla Facebook page started.
2012 "Morning Praise" declined at the St. Louis Watercolor Society, "13th Annual Juried Exhibition", Juror Stephen Quiller. (Carla's comment: "Everyone I've spoken with felt Mr. Quiller was an excellent judge, so it's back to the drawing board for me!")
2012 Awarded "Missouri Conservationist" Award for work with urban conservation and youth.
2012 Commission: "Mona Laura Dance", Private Collector, St. Peters, MO
2010 One of twelve artists to be featured for the year on the "Best of Missouri Hands" website.
Click on the image to go to the webpage.
2009 "Broken Art for Broken People" published in Suburban Journals describes how Carla's work inspires the homeless.
You too can encourage the homeless and men in prison with Willie's card, "From Hurt to Hope" They are sold on the "Note Cards" page. Read more about Willie's card in the article on the upper right.
2008 Group Exhibit: The Chappel House, Florissant, MO
2008 "Iris by Diamond Light" and "The Grace's" declined at Art St. Louis, "Signs of Time", Juror Kim Mosley.
2007 Commission: “Hands of Transformation”, Connecting & Bonding, Banning,CA
2007 www.ArtofCarla.com launches.
2007 Customers in twenty two states.
2007 "Iris by Diamond Light" accepted for"Celebrating Creativity", a Best of Missouri Hands juried exhibit, William Woods University, Fluton, MO.
2007 Commission: “Iris by Diamond Light”, Private Collector, St. Louis, MO
2006 Commission: “May I Have This Dance?", Private Collector, Nevada, IA