Enjoy the delightfully humorous portfolio of artist Carla Raadsveld. Visit her website to see more of her work.
My name is Carla Raadsveld, and I was born in Rotterdam, although I am currently living in Ireland. I was educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Art, and received scholarships in both Italy and South Africa.
A gallery described my recent work as ” contentment with a smile.” I like that, it sounds a lot better than “big women with crazy cats.”
My work has changed over the years, but long-time clients tell me that they always recognise my hand.
I prep my (usually large) canvas with a skin and paint it black. The contour lines are not drawn or painted, they are the unpainted black background. I paint whites over black, a time-consuming technique.
The act of painting is very important to me, as is the composition. The painting has a life of its own. I don’t use sketches, just a vague idea of what the result might look like. That idea can change totally during the painting. It’s never a dull moment.
Cats are very present in my work, birds as well. My companion cats think that my every painting is great, that helps a lot of course.