Carla Cope is an American artist born and raised in Miami, Florida. Carla began winning national art competitions at the age of seven, and continues to receive recognition of her magnificent artistic talents today. She received her higher education from three well respected art Institutions in the USA. She received an Art and Healing certificate from the famed Ringling College of Art and Design, her BFA in Painting and Sculpture at Purchase College, New York, and her undergraduate from Miami Dade/Broward Colleges. Carla has also lived in several countries such as Ireland, and Japan, which serve to broaden her influences from different cultures that we can see in her artwork. Carla’s diverse and extensive training in the arts has led her to combine beauty with great special relations and moods within her artwork. An exploration of beauty and vibration energy, Carla uses mixed media paintings to depict emotions and coping practices to express the human psyche and feelings into beautiful dreamscapes, both abstractly and in representational formats. Carla uses many techniques such as glazing, layering, textures to convey a sense of depth of field to her dreamlike scenes. There is a feeling of sensuality and poetic grace to the quality of her work.
Carla is an emerging artist on the move. With consistent sales, recognition through publications, and regular show participations, she is experiences rapid growth in her art career.
Q/A with Carla Cope
1.What’s your artistic background?
I have been practicing and winning awards since I was 6 years old. My life is complete wrapped around making art and creating beauty. I have an Associate Degree in Fashion Design (Miami Dade College), a BFA in visual arts (painting and sculpture, Purchase College, NY), and a Certificate in Art and Healing (meditation and intuitive art/processing emotion, Ringling College, FL).
2. What does your work aim to say?
I believe we/humans are more than we believe we are, and I practice intuitional communication through art to relate my feelings to the environment and people that I interact with. My art is a running dialogue with my spirit and this planet earth, and with humanity. I combine realism, surrealism, and abstraction to tell the stories of my dreams and waking reality. Poetry is my art of the words that interweaves deeper meaning, while leaving each creation open to the viewers own interpretation and exploration of their responding feelings. I use symbolism, science, psychology, and images of spirit as it runs through us in pictures of communication and connection.
3. How does your work comment on current social or political issues?
I am always expressing the benefits of art on the human emotions and our social interactions. It is a way to let go of our fears and resistance, so that we may feel at ease and relax. When you are creating art, you do not have any space to think of life's problems, they just seem to work themselves out while you create and go with the flow. By quieting the mind and nervous system, the answers can come to us, and everything seem to resolve easily. We take life to seriously, it's much easier than we make it out to be. I try to slow everyone down so they can find their easy flow state and resonate with their surroundings.
4. Who are your biggest influences?
Eva Hesse (experimental scrulpture), Ewa Hauton (energy portrait), Taraneh Ebrahimi (abstract), Michael Lang (abstract), and Jean Haines (watercolor)
5. How have you developed your career?
I wish I could say that I had it all planned from the start, but my career has taken many twist and turns as it continues to unfold. I started with painting and fashion design, I then focused on sculpture and painting abstracts, and now I am combining mixed media creations with my fine art painting. Each corner you turn takes you in a little further down the rabbit hole, deeper into your self discovery. At some point you want to bring all of the limbs of your interest back together, and for me it was about making them work together. I am passionate about each material I have become entangled in, and I just can't leave any of them behind.
6. How do you seek out opportunities?
I trust my intuition to give me impulses, and the opportunities seem to jump out in front of the road for me. Someone from the outside might think that I stumble onto opportunities, but I feel that they are divine interventions, strategically placed in my view.
7. How do you cultivate a collector base?
One by one, my collectors have found me and each has a very unique story to tell on the subject of how they found me. I put myself out there, forget about it while I go about my business of creating, and then I am pleasantly surprised by a sale or a series of sales. I just feel grateful, because I don't put a lot of effort into marketing. I have my website, instagram/facebook, and a Saatchi page, and the rest is word of mouth.
8. How do you navigate the art world- any advice for other artists?
Get yourself a website, talk to people about your love of creating, and keep making art. Everything comes together when you are doing what you love.
9. How do you price your work?
I base it on what it is worth to me. If I love a painting, I'm not going to give it away, the price goes up. I stay within my range for this particular point in my career. You must do some research into your peers, and your skill level, and location. As the demand for my art grows, so do my prices within reason. I keep my prices reasonable because I want my art voice to go out to as many people as possible. I love public art for this reason. They can view it and explore their thoughts with no cost to the viewer.
10. What adversity have you faced as an artist, and how have you handled or overcome these challenges?
I see things as opportunities to learn and grow. I welcome these opportunities and process them one at a time. Life is a series of growth and evolution and this is true for my career as well. These situations are what propel us into the next stage of our greatness!
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