Interestingly, many artists know at a young age that they are artists. When we visited with Carla who grew up in North Providence, R.I., she recalls that she could remember longing to draw and paint from a very young age. By the time she was ten years old, she knew she wanted to be an artist. Her high school teachers commission her to paint their children and grandchildren. After graduating from Otis/Parsons School of Design with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, she began her career as a movie poster artist, illustrating posters for movie advertisement companies in Los Angeles. Carla told us she eventually returned to her native New England where she began illustrating young adult and romance covers for New York publishing companies. When asked why she transitioned from illustrator to fine artist, Carla said she realized that she needed to paint from the heart and the subjects of her affections. Her love of the West is evident in her work. She describes her technique as expressive representational art and her challenge is bringing the beauty of her subjects to life on canvas.
Carla D’aguanno’s group affiliations include the following:
Oil Painters of America
American Plains Artists
ARC (Art Renewal Center)
NOAP (National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society)
AWA (American Women Artists)
The artist interview with Carla D'aguanno was written by Mary Lindsey.