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Cara Roberts

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Cara Roberts


Contemporary artist, painter, photographer, digital artist, videographer. I love color and I am always creating.

This Etsy store is all about me “Doing It.”

“Are you really an artist if no one sees or buys your art?”

Sure you are! ...but it feels totally amazing to share your work with other people. It feels even better when someone appreciates your work enough to give you money to own a piece or print of your work, and it is totally mind-blasting to be able to be able to make a living doing what you love.

This is me sharing my work and “doing it!” Being an artist and putting my work out there for all to see and for those who really enjoy it to own a piece.

About Me:

I started making art at a very young age. I was one of those creative kids. And I know it even more now that I have a daughter and I see she has the same creative urges I had as a kid. She can’t help creating and neither can I.

As a kid I never took an art lesson. I took every other lesson but not art. Not until I got to junior high did I start a formal art education and I continued honing my skills through college. My high school was the School for the Creative and Performing Arts and my college was The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston affiliated with Tufts University. After earning my bachelor’s of fine arts my long arts education was rewarded with an interview for Yale’s MFA program but I did not pursue it. It look a left turn and got married to a military man and started a family.

This is where things took a sour turn. I did something I will never do again. I quit making art. I was pregnant with my first child and didn’t want to inhale the toxic fumes or work with the leaded paints I was using. For the first time in my life I was not creating art and after my son was born I entered a deep depression that did not lift for many years. After baby #2 was born the depression still lingered and I was faced with another tragedy that jolted me into action.

My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and passed away 11/2 years later. I was left shocked and lost. But I had learned a lot while she was sick and I found a program to teach me more about holistic nutrition. I threw myself into this to share what I had learned and I hoped to help others avoid what happened to my mother. This was my plan but as we know life doesn’t always go according to plans. As I was learning I was also healing myself. I learned I had a gluten sensitivity and as my body began to reset itself after following a gluten free diet my depression began to lift.

I was working as a health coach and I was helping my clients I was also learning a lot about myself. I was finding it very hard to resist the urge to combine my artistic talents with my coaching programs. I tried and tried to find ways to melt them together but the harder I tried the clearer it became that I just needed to paint again.

Paint is what I did. I continued health coaching and painting for a while until my painting took over. I felt like I had gotten exactly what I needed from the health coaching program and was fine putting it down. The coaching made it clear how important it was that everyone needed their story heard. I did mostly listening in all my session with people, in all this listening I realized people needed to know that others understood what they were experiencing in their life and they were not alone.

I had to start painting again as the feeling built up in me. I knew I had to paint my experiences as an outlet for people to relate to so they knew they were not alone. If people saw my paintings they could know they are not alone in their experiences. My paintings are a visual witness of an experience that I and many other people face. They are about race. They are about women. They are about media and advertising. They are about glamour and seduction, memory and loss.

I have been listening all my life to the events and discussions around me and my paintings are a collection those experiences. I hope you enjoy what you see and share it with someone else who you think might enjoy my work as well.

Thank you... for reading my story and I hope you take time to view my work if you have not already.

Shop members

  • Cara


    Hi. My name is Cara. I’m an artist and for me this is not my job this is my life. I work in everything from oil paint to digital media to hair.

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Last updated on January 29, 2014

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I offer returns on original artwork only if there is a gross error in the listing. I do not offer returns just because the color wasn't exactly as expected - I make every effort to present images of each painting that is as close to the original artwork as possible through digital means. Colors will be slightly different from monitor to monitor in same cases due to different monitor color, contrast, and brightness settings. If you are dissatisfied in any way with your purchase please email me and I will do my best to rectify the situation.I want my collectors to be happy with their purchase!!
At this time I accept payment via paypal or Credit Card. Please note I do not accept personal checks or money order. Payment is due within 3 days if paying with paypal.
I will ship anywhere, but please note any customs, duty fees, or applicable taxes on international purchases are the sole responsibility of the purchaser.

I offer standard, First Class shipping on all international purchases unless otherwise noted in the description. You can see rates here -

I do offer Express shipping to get your package to you faster!

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And, I do offer the top of the line, fastest shipping method that guarantees your package to be to you by a certain date via Global Guaranteed Shipping -

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Original artwork will not be taxed if sent to Canada or Mexico as outlined by NAFTA. Please be aware of customs information including any fees that may be incurred on your end that may pertain to your purchase before purchasing. You can find this information through your local post office or on the web. Also please be aware of any limitations on imports to your country. Every country varies. Thanks so much!

Please note original paintings are generally listed as they come off the easel. The paint is very thick. I do say in each listing it will take some time to dry - if you are unsure about when a painting will be sent please convo me prior to your purchase so I can give you a definitive date on shipment.

All original paintings are shipped via USPS Priority (for small paintings up to 9x12 and international shipments up to 24x30) and FedEX Ground for anything larger. Tracking and insurance are included in the shipping price you see in each listing.
Additional policies and FAQs
I retain all copyrights on all work seen here and sites around the net that feature my work. Images are not to be duplicated in any means without written consent from me, the artist. I am diligent in maintaining the integrity of my intellectual property and pursue all copyright violations to the fullest extent of the law.