Artist Statement: Cara, as an artist, finds inspiration in the societal structures that affect women and their experiences in the world. She recognizes that patriarchy has long been a dominant force in our society, dictating how women should look, behave, and exist, which is reflected in the gender pay gap, lack of representation in positions of power, and the normalization of gender-based violence. Despite this, Cara believes that feminism is a beautiful and powerful force that represents the desire for equality, freedom, and the recognition of women's agency and worth. She sees feminism as a way for women to exist beyond the confines of patriarchal expectations and embrace their unique individuality and beauty. In her work, Cara explores the contradictions and complexities of these two forces. She creates pieces that capture the beauty and strength of women while also highlighting the negative impact of patriarchy. Through her art, she hopes to inspire conversations about these issues and promote the power of feminism as a force for positive change. Ultimately, Cara's goal is to create a world where women are free to be themselves and to fully realize their potential. She believes that art can play a crucial role in this process, and she is dedicated to using her creativity to inspire change and promote the beauty of feminism.
Cara's work can be purchased through Instagram or in person at Lush Art Studio in Perry, GA or Gallery 1083 in Macon, Ga. If you are interested in a commission piece please contact me via Instagram or email and I will send a questionairre to see if you are a good fit for each other.
Bio: Cara Heard is a mixed media artist and the founder of Lush Art, located in Perry, Georgia.The studio is dedicated to helping people unleash their creativity and explore the world of painting.With a passion for art and small business that dates back to her childhood, Cara has honed her skills over the years through practice, experimentation, and strives to always continue learning.
She has worked as a professional artist for over a decade.Cara's style is characterized with her use of color and texture, and she draws her inspiration from nature, music, and the world and issues around her. Through Lush Art, Cara shares her knowledge and expertise with aspiring artists of all levels, offering in person classes and workshops that cover a range of painting techniques and styles.Her mission is to help people tap into their creativity and find joy and fulfillment through the transformative power of art. Cara has been accepted by Chateau Orquevaux in Orquevaux, France for a month long artist residency in April 2024 and been awarded The Denis Diderot Artist in Residency Grant to help offset part of the cost of the residency.The artist residency allows the artist time from their day to day obligations to reflect, research, and work on their art in an immersive, creative, and encouraging environment surrounded by artists of all styles from all over the world.