Featured Artist Carla Grace

These incredibly vibrant and realistic animal portraits by Carla Grace make the viewer want to reach out and touch the canvas. See more of her artwork by visiting her website.

 

"Leopard Spots" Acrylic on Canvas, 71cm x 81cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Leopard Spots” Acrylic on Canvas, 71cm x 81cm

 

My name is Carla Grace, and I am a fine artist who loves to paint and draw wildlife in a realistic and vibrant way.

 

"Hector" Acrylic on Canvas, 91cm x 84cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hector” Acrylic on Canvas, 91cm x 84cm

 

I mute the background so that the animal appears to be living within the space of the canvas, and could take a breath at any moment.

 

"Grizzly Bear" Acrylic on Canvas, 150cm x 120cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Grizzly Bear” Acrylic on Canvas, 150cm x 120cm

 

I love the challenge of painting realistically, because I love the results when it has been accomplished with excellence. Many people who see my work in real life express the desire to touch the fur, because of the way it has been painted.

 

"Alfred" Acrylic on Canvas, 61cm x 121cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Alfred” Acrylic on Canvas, 61cm x 121cm

 

I started drawing portraits for pocket money during high school while living in Zambia, and soon realised that it was something I was very good at. After studying in New Zealand, I moved to Australia, which is where my career started to become a reality. By 2015, I was pursuing it full-time.

 

"Under the Waves" Acrylic on Canvas, 120cm x 150cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Under the Waves” Acrylic on Canvas, 120cm x 150cm

 

Oil on linen is my next step, as I have found a love for the medium through working casually at an art store, and I can’t wait to share all the plans I have for the future of my work in the upcoming months!

 

"Inuka" Acrylic on Canvas, 112cm x 76cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Inuka” Acrylic on Canvas, 112cm x 76cm

 

Although my main focus is on wildlife, I still love painting portraits and seeing characters develop on the page or canvas as I work.

 

"Ken" Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Ken” Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm

 

My latest series of drawings took my realistic fine art to a new level as I illustrated the faces of four apes as if they were photographs.

 

"Max" Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Max” Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm

 

However, I added tattoos to their flesh and allowed them to develop their own history and personality within the space of their drawing.

 

"Lucy" Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Lucy” Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm

 

This way of looking at a painting has become my main inspiration for future work. I don’t just want to create art that looks good in a home, but art that has a presence in a room, that embodies the subject in a way that allows you to experience the artwork as an interactive meeting.

 

"Marly" Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm by artist Carla Grace. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Marly” Pencil on Bristol Board, 65cm x 65cm

 

I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I have received through my social media pages, and can’t wait to show you more of what I am planning on doing.

 

Artist Carla Grace invites you to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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