Carla Grace

Carla Grace is a self-taught artist with a love for wildlife and beautiful, high-quality artwork. Born in South Africa, Carla has immigrated 5 times and currently lives in Australia. With a childhood that was dominantly based in Africa, she was able to experience wildlife in a way that has become the foundation of her vision: Where wildlife breathes through art.

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Interview with Carla Grace

Carla Grace Wild life Artist

Carla Grace Wildlife Artist

Carla Grace is a self-taught artist with a love for wildlife and beautiful, high-quality artwork. Born in South Africa, Carla has immigrated 5 times and currently lives in Australia. With a childhood that was dominantly based in Africa, she was able to experience wildlife in a way that has become the foundation of her vision: Where wildlife breathes through art.

Wild animals were always a part of our lives in Kariba (Zimbabwe, Africa), it was so normal for an elephant to walk through our yard, or for us to drive into the savannah for the afternoon to watch the herds graze as the sunset. I miss this, and want to share the tangible presence of wild nature with as many people as I can.

Typically, she always starts a painting with the eyes, and only once the eyes are alive will she continue on with the painting. The most incredible thing about her work is how alive each animal feels when you experience her work in person, no photo can truly express just how tangible each painting is.

I had the pleasure of interviewing her about her art career and how she got started. Here is what she had to say:

 

What did you study in school (or go on to study at university/college)?

I first studied psychology however failed statistics so changed to fine art. Studied for two years and then dropped out to move to Australia from New Zealand.

 

Why did you choose to become an artist?

Art is something I’ve always been good at, and I’m also really good with business. I’ve always been doing art for an income so the progression to making it a full-time occupation happened naturally.

 

What was your main fear about pursuing art as a career and how did you overcome it?

I didn’t really have any fears about it, I love taking a risk as long as I’ve done my homework properly for it.

 

Who is there that has been an influence on your art career?

CJ Hendry has been a huge influence in my career.

 

What would you say to someone wanting to be an artist?

Being an artist is all-consuming. Be prepared to invest all of yourself into every part of the job. But it’s worth it.

 

You can find out more about her and her work on her website, Instagram account.

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