ABOUT

BIO

“Delight in the joy of anticipating spring’s first flowers, the wonder of a glorious sunrise, or a spectacular sunset. I am an artist and a creator. I capture cherished moments and emotions to experience them again each time we see them.”  – Carla  

Carla Thomson is a fulltime artist who maintains her studio in the New England town of Glocester, RI.   Primarily painting realistic florals and landscapes, she creates images that inspire – from the joy in a brightly colored bouquet to the serenity of waves crashing on a rocky shore.  Collectors express how her art imbues joy and tranquility.  She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Rhode Island College with a focus on graphic design.  She later discovered her love for painting working on murals for her children’s nurseries, which lead to a short part-time role as a muralist.   Carla continued developing through self-study, coursework Rhode Island College, workshops and a collaborative painting group lead by master artist Linda A. Woods.  She recently transitioned to a full-time artist after a long career in technology at a multinational financial services company.  The story of her midlife career change appeared on www.abc6.com.  Her artwork is found in numerous private collections throughout the US and Europe.

EDUCATION

B.A. Studio Art (Graphic Design and Photography) Rhode Island College – 1991

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“Studio of Her Own” Lyn Art Gallery, Smithfield RI – 2016

Landscapes, Real or Imagined, Wickford Art Association – 2018

JURIED SHOWS

Wickford, RI Art Festival – 2018, 2019

Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, MA – 2018, 2019

“Fully Engaged” Paradise City Arts Festival, Marlboro, MA – 2019

Narragansett Art Festival, Narragansett, RI – 2019

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

Finalist, Richeson75 International Still Life & Floral – 2016

Best In Show “Studio of Her Own” Lyn Art Gallery, Smithfield RI – 2016

Award of Excellence from Manhattan Arts International, New York, N.Y – 2019

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Newton, MA |  Providence, RI – 2009

Scituate, RI |  Johnston, RI – 2010

Alexandria, VA |  Lexington, KY – 2012

Columbia, TN |  Los Angeles, CA – 2014

Houston, TX – 2015

North Scituate, RI |  Smithfield, RI – 2016

Hartord, CT |  Sudbury, MA |  Alexandria, VA – 2017

Albuquerque, NM |  Taunton, MA |  Boston, MA | – 2018

Deluth, GA | Boston, MA |   Tucson, AZ | Sommerau, France | Pittsburg, PA | Jacksonville, FL |  New York, NY – 2019