Carel tells us about herself with a simple Q&A
Q1 Who is Carel?
I am an ambitious student, following my heart to pursue my passion for art. I produce artwork of charcoal, soft pastels, and oil paint, with the occasional use of other media, such as acrylic paint, graphite, and digital drawings. I combine realism with fiction to produce evocative visual narratives and settings. Originally from Jamaica, I currently reside in South Florida, where I have the opportunity to exhibit my artwork.
Q2 Where do you get your inspiration?
I enjoy reading fictional stories, including myths, fairy tales, and legends, which allow me to visualize the scenes I draw. I am inspired by the stories of different cultures and combine them with my own thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I often reference Renaissance paintings and incorporate elements from the Middle Ages. I also spend a lot of time in nature, which plays a major role in the sceneries and backgrounds I depict in my artwork.
Q3 Did you have any training?
I developed my passion for art at a very young age but took only general art classes through high school. It wasn’t until college that I decided to pursue Studio Art seriously. I am currently attending university for my Bachelor of Arts and minoring in Art History and Marketing.
Q4 How would you describe your art?
My art is often reminiscent of medieval times, with a dreamlike perception. When I draw or paint, I try to create a sense of curiosity in the narrative, facial expression, and composition. This produces a dark or mysterious quality in my artwork. I mainly shade and blend by smudging the media with my fingers, which allows me to convey my emotions directly into a piece.
Q5 What artists inspire you?
The artist who most inspires me would be Ruth Sanderson. I find the black and white aspect of her scratchboard drawings, as well as her fantasy art relatable to the story-like qualities I compose in my own. I am also inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes. I think his paintings that embrace love and beauty are very compelling, and their references are reflective of the types of stories that I like to portray in my art.
Q6 What does Sentiment mean to you?
To me, sentiment is a feeling of attachment or holding something dearly. It is a delicate, sometimes nostalgic, feeling that is unique to each person and cannot be easily described with words.