Prints and notecards of my original paintings

Somerville, Massachusetts On Etsy since 2015


Prints and notecards of my original paintings

Somerville, Massachusetts | 6 Sales

CaraPaintsShop is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I'm taking a break for a couple of weeks.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 2, 2020

I'm taking a break for a couple of weeks.

Cara Foster-Karim

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Cara Foster-Karim


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About CaraPaintsShop

Sales 6
On Etsy since 2015

I'm an artist working in oils, acrylics, and mixed media and collage. I've done a lot of landscape but my current work is a series of mixed media paintings celebrating immigrants in Massachusetts. These paintings are semi-abstract cityscapes which use paper, acrylic paint, and collaging techniques to explore the beauty and diversity of urban landscapes through color and texture.

I use newspapers printed in a variety of different languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, collected from immigrant-owned grocery stores in Somerville and Cambridge. I glaze and tint the newsprint before cutting it up and attaching it to my canvas, and then glazing and painting over it some more.

For example in one painting, We Built This City, I used newspapers in different languages cut into blocky shapes and tinted an earth toned palette to depict a layered city of skyscrapers, each covered in text representing one or more languages. My desire is to show that immigrants from around the world are an important and beautiful part of our cities, communities, and neighborhoods. I also aim to explore the relationship between the built environment and the diverse peoples who live in it, shape it, and give it meaning.

I also take commissions and create custom work. To discuss commissioning a new painting, please email cara [!at] To see more of my work and my latest projects visit or follow me on Instagram (@cara_paints).

Production partners

  • Picture Salon

    Madison, WI

    Picture Salon provides high quality fine art giclée printing services for artists. I sent them high resolution scans of my paintings which they reproduce as beautiful art prints.

  • Zazzle

    Redwood City, CA

    I take images of my original paintings and have them printed onto high quality greeting cards by Zazzle.

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