Cara is a oil painter and mixed media artist working in Somerville, Massachusetts. She studied studio art at Dartmouth College but worked for almost 10 years in affordable housing and urban planning research before coming back to art full time. Cara lives in Somerville, where she moved in 2008, with her husband, 3-year-old son, and 2-month-old daughter.
I’ve been creating art in various forms throughout my life. But it was only a little over a year ago that I dived into painting full time. The past year has felt risky but it’s also been pretty amazing to get a chance to be brave and really step into something that’s always been a part of me.
Over the past year the focus of my paintings have shifted, from landscapes celebrating everyday neighborhood scenes in Somerville and Cambridge, to paintings of construction vehicles, to most recently mixed media and paper collage landscapes. Through these mixed media pieces I am seeking to express some of my delight in the diversity, messiness, and beauty of cities and the people who make cities what they are. I have been learning so much throughout this process and I am excited to find out what comes next!