I live in the middle of a forest in the high country of Colorado. It is the wild beauty of my surroundings that inspires my mixed medium paintings of wildlife and nature. I grew up in Southern California and have been creating since childhood, always drawing, painting or making something. I have enjoyed many creative adventures, including sculpting, stained glass art, being a display artist, an interior designer, a graphic artist, a copywriter, a songwriter, a novelist, and a creative director. I owned an ad agency with my husband for years, doing everything from producing books to print ads to tv commercials.
Painting wildlife and nature, color and detail, are my passions. I have a fine art background in oil painting, however I really enjoy the freedom of the digital medium as it stimulates my imagination and offers so many exciting possibilities. I explore art programs, like Photoshop, still using brushes to paint, but now the computer screen is my canvas. Some of my art is painted entirely in Photoshop. Other work is a blend of reality and fantasy as I combine photo sources and painting techniques to create my mixed medium images that I call living art.
Most recently I have been creating with alcohol inks on yupo paper and find this organic medium very stimulating. I love combining ink art with digital painting to create mixed medium works.
My Language of Flowers series is inspired by my fascination with the colors and textures of flowers, and the way they always speak to my heart. My Spirit Of The Wild series is inspired by my love for animals. Many of the creatures in this series are or were at one time among the endangered species. I believe each has something precious and special to give to all of us and each painting is a tribute to these amazing creatures. Many of the animals I paint have a spiritual quality with the power to heal hearts and spirits, if one is open to their message.
I see the uniqueness in every living being as a momentary gift to be treasured. And so it is this need to capture the life force, to enhance and celebrate it, and even give it life long after it has faded, that gives meaning to my work. Creating, learning, and growing artistically have kept the joy alive and it is my passion to bring healing joy and beauty to others.
I currently exhibit my work in several Colorado galleries, and my art is in private collections all over the world. My art is also licensed and on various products, including t-shirts, puzzles, electronic skins, greeting cards, and many other items. I am also a collectible artist with The Bradford Exchange. I enjoy creating custom art.
Copyright Notice: My images do not belong to the public domain and may not be used for any purpose without my permission. All artworks in this portfolio are copyrighted and owned by the artist, Carol Cavalaris. All rights reserved.