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Barbara Meikle Fine Art
236 Delgado Street Santa Fe, NM 87501

Carla Spence

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Biography

“The art of painting is to see beyond the everyday familiar vision of things”– Goethe

 

Carla’s work focuses on landscapes and still lifes in vivid colors and semi abstract shapes, creating a combination which pushes viewers to look at the world around them in new ways. This new way of seeing began for Carla eight years ago, when she lost her vision in one eye. Thankfully, this became an enlightening experience.  As she came to terms with the visual distortions of her sight, she began stockpiling  images, memories and experiences. A leisurely two year stint in Italy, soaking up its art and landscape, visualizing them from an abstract perspective, began her new painting style.

 

Carla’s paintings are more than about beauty. She is communicating an idea, a visual memory, as she explores what happens when significant moments over a long period of time become incorporated into the fabric of her life. She is constantly preoccupied with the color and shape of things, of landscapes, of details in larger pictures, which call to be altered, to be represented in unexpected ways.The intensity of light in the American West has heightened her color palette and intensified her interest in dualities/opposites which are rich, but often stark color combinations. She does not always attempt to represent the outward appearance of vast landscapes, but rather the impact of color and texture and shapes. She moves from the known and observable forms to the intangible.

 

For many years, Carla’s work as a teacher and then as a corporate designer, was rigidly representational, influenced by her father, a Bauhaus architect.  She grew up under his drawing board and artistic interests, first in Holland, and then Australia. That explains the frequent use of geometric restraints to hold her intuitive work together.  

 

Carla lives and paints in Bend, Oregon. Please click on each image for size and price...