Carina Strappello's Profile

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I'm a free-lance artist, private art instructor, dreamer, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. I thrive on adventure, laughter, compassion for the poor, and conversation.

I grew up in Pennsylvania and spent many days imagining and playing with my friends and siblings in the lovely forest and streams around our house. I developed a deep appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of trees and water and how light deepens their colors and illuminates them. I was drawn to express my enjoyment of that beauty in my art. Through viewing my paintings, I want others to delight in the wonders of this world too!

I graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana with a B.S. in Painting and Drawing and went on to be a free-lance artist and wilderness/adventure guide in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Tetons in Wyoming, Canada, the Catskills in…

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  • Joined November 16, 2009

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oil paints, acrylics, watercolors, rattan palm reed, seagrass, canvas

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CarinaStrappello
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About

I'm a free-lance artist, private art instructor, dreamer, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast. I thrive on adventure, laughter, compassion for the poor, and conversation.

I grew up in Pennsylvania and spent many days imagining and playing with my friends and siblings in the lovely forest and streams around our house. I developed a deep appreciation for the intricacies and beauty of trees and water and how light deepens their colors and illuminates them. I was drawn to express my enjoyment of that beauty in my art. Through viewing my paintings, I want others to delight in the wonders of this world too!

I graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana with a B.S. in Painting and Drawing and went on to be a free-lance artist and wilderness/adventure guide in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Tetons in Wyoming, Canada, the Catskills in New York, and in the Appalachian Mountains.

I live with my husband, Eric, (who is a biology/ecology professor and a wildlife biologist) in the Queen Anne area of Seattle, WA. I love exploring and painting in the rugged and beautiful mountains, islands, and forests of the Pacific Northwest!

Painting, drawing, and teaching private art lessons are my main occupations, but I also enjoy creating many things, including pottery and baskets. My grandmother has a beautiful, well-made basket that my great-great-great-great grandfather, Solomon Hooks, made in 1860. I learned traditional basket weaving from my mother and spent many delightful hours sitting at the table with her, talking and laughing as we designed and wove our baskets. I started selling them with my mom at craft fairs and fall festivals. As of now, my mom has made over 1200 baskets! Now I love using my baskets to gather herbs from my garden, hold farmer's market produce and tins full of loose leaf tea, and I also fill them with pine cones and other forest and ocean treasures! (Of course I only use the baskets I make for myself--I never use the baskets I have for sale!)


My "Artist Statement":
I seek to capture with my artwork glimpses of the fascinating cultures and diverse landscapes that I have encountered in many areas of the world. The beauty of nature, whether far away or close at home, beckons us to stop, reflect and become more aware. Whether it's the luminosity and serenity of a sunset, the light breaking in through the trees on a mountain, or the expression of a poor Guatemalan lady, I paint to envoke a desire to live fully in the present, making time for contemplation, understanding, and conversation. My hope is that viewers of my art will be transported and begin to see the world with a greater appreciation and respect. In expanding their worldview, perhaps they will notice the global extent of hurting people and ecosystems and then begin to invest in more than themselves.

And here's more info about me--my inspirations and delights (just in case you're interested!):

I get great joy and inspiration from wilderness, mountains, waterfalls, people from various cultures, reading, drinking loose-leaf tea, hiking, trail running, watching beautiful sunsets, campfires, and traveling.

I love outdoor explorations, laying on thick, green moss in the sun, swimming in sun sparkling waters, outdoor sports of all kinds, playing the guitar and piano, hanging out at cafes, cozily sitting by a fire reading a good book, thunderstorms, and eating watermelon and colorful fresh garden produce. I'm into cooking and canning, making delicious smelling and tasting breads, sauces, ethnic foods, pasta, and jams. I also enjoy helping out at orphanages and getting to know the homeless people in Seattle. Hanging out with the kids at La Senda in Guatemala is the best ever! (www.twop.org)

My great-grandparents came over from Torano Nuovo in the beautiful Abruzzo region of Italy. I recently visited relatives there, so you might be seeing some more Italian paintings posted soon!

I can gaze at beautiful and interesting works of art all day and let my imagination and thoughts wander! I love John William Waterhouse's haunting, lovely, ethereal paintings. I'm enthralled by the beauty in Andy Goldsworthy's natural artistic creations. I'm inspired by the brush strokes and colors in William Turner's and Vincent van Gogh's paintings. Some other artist's I like are: Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, Leonardo da Vinci, Winslow Homer, Albert Bierstadt, Andrew Wyeth, Thomas Moran, Cezanne, Edward Hughes, John Singer Sargent, and Alphonse Mucha

Thanks for taking time to look at my artistic creations and get to know me a little. I hope you enjoy and delight in my paintings and baskets as much as I did while I was creating them!

My Art Website: www.carinastrappello.com

My Facebook art page: www.facebook.com/CarinaStrappello

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