Artist Statement

Artist Statement

The artwork at this website represents my skills as both graphic designer and artist. It features several media in a variety of sizes, including charcoal, pencil, paint, photography and digital compilations, as well as topics covering the gambit from nature to rock stars and everything in between. My motivations for creating each individual piece differ greatly, but this collection as a whole is motivated by a constant need to find a creative outlet for my imagination, as well as capture life in my work, with all the beauty, or darkness, I find within it. 

My process generally involves "begin," and then "revise," and then "revise again," allowing me to hone my skills over time. Accepting the original work as complete would be my failure to delve into the details that really make each piece a work of art, whether functional, aesthetic, or both. Being creative in any medium is also a form of meditation for me, an affirmation of being, living, being aware.  It's an act of losing myself, both during the process and afterward, in observation of the finished work.

I tend toward photo-realistic detail in my work, though the occasional complete abstraction competes for time in my studio. I also frequently compose works that effectively use negative space to create dynamic compositions.

Finding inspiration is a matter of a few minutes' search online for me, either through Pinterest or Google. Artists who use color freely really get my attention, such as Dean Crouser, as do those who create clever advertisements to sell products or businesses, such as those found here.

 Paint Dancers by Cara Maib, Photoshop

Paint Dancers by Cara Maib, Photoshop