Karla Cardillo was born and raised in New Jersey, traveled out west and settled on the Cape in the last decade.
“I guess I was born an artist, but my journey through life took me on different paths. I studied for many years with a prominent artist, and at the time I was influenced by the works of the Old Masters. I also studied at the Art Students League in New York City and had dreams of living in a loft in Greenwich Village and just painting away forever and ever. Life sent me on another path.
I married twice and had two beautiful children. As a single mother, I went back to work, so my painting took second place. During those years, I painted murals on Harley Davidson motorcycles and scenery for a local playhouse.
Now, living on the Cape, a whole new world has opened up to me. The excitement of the ocean and of the constantly changing atmosphere has inspired my vision to see and paint the beauty that is here on the Cape, from the smallest broken shell to the ever-changing ocean. There is beauty in all.”
My paintings are one of a kind originals. When I create a painting, I have an idea within my spirit of what I would like to achieve. I never reprint or paint anything twice. As my work progresses it starts to take on a life of its own. I never know what the finished piece will look like and it is always exciting for me to realize that it has turned out better than I could have imagined. Still life, people and landscapes are painted realistically but are still one of a kind pieces.
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