March 22, 2016

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Cara Bevan Creates Animal "Art From the Heart"

Cara Bevan of Art From the Heart

This week's featured artist Cara Bevan of "Art From the Heart," comes to us from a 128 acre farm and nature preserve in North Carolina where she is surrounded by the love of her human and animal family. This young, multitalented artist, is happily pursuing an art career focusing on realistic and fanciful creations, and celebrates her love of animals stating, "I find endless joy in painting every fur, feather, scale, hair, and leaf." 

"I respect all animals, from cute and cuddly to creepy crawly, for every creature has its purpose.  I strive to get this point across in my work - every animal is beautiful, you just have to have the heart and mind to see it."

Out to Pasture by Cara Bevan

Out to Pasture

How do animals inspire your artwork?

Growing up I was always around animals. My parents ran a rescue/hobby farm where every animal was a part of the family. This led me to understand animals better than I could people - from chickens, to goats, cats and dogs, and even reptiles. My understanding of them is why all of my art is of animals or represents them.


What medium do you work in?

I use a variety of mediums. My main two are acrylic paintings and mix-media sculpture. My sculptures are made from gourds and clay. I also create art digitally, with colored pencil, and pen & ink.

 Gourd Beetle by Cara Bevan

Gourd Beetle

Do you own or have you owned any pets and if so, tell us about them?

I still live on the family farm, which is now a nature preserve. We currently have 2 parrots, 17 cats (all tamed, fixed ferals), a goat, 2 llamas, a horse, 20 chickens, turkeys, peacocks, ducks, geese, guinea hens, 2 emus, plus the various wild animals that visit us daily.

Dingo by Cara Bevan


How long have you been creating art?

I've been making art ever since I could hold a pencil! Growing up it was my favorite pastime besides playing with my younger sister. Professionally, I've been creating art since 2007. I am a self-taught artist, so my career started when I was 18 after I graduated from high school. I've just been painting and creating art ever since!

Ivy by Cara Bevan


If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

It would be hard to pick between a cat and a bear, but I've always been more akin to a bear. Not only is it my nickname (Cara Bear), but I believe it is my guardian spirit. They are imposing, but can be gentle. Fierce when needed, but very protective of the ones they love. Describes me well.

What word or words describes your feelings toward animals?

Kindred spirits. I've always thought I was more animal than I was human - that's probably because of how I was raised. I actually had to learn my 'people skills' when I was in my mid 20's! Animals are more like us than most people know. They fear, they hate, they can hold grudges. They can also love, make friends, forgive, and learn so much. Or, maybe, humans are more like them.

Gourd Owls by Cara Bevan

Gourd Owls

What charities or animal welfare groups are you involved with?

I donate yearly to the NC Zoo, which not only educates people on animals, but also their care, welfare, environmental status, and more. They run a wildlife rehab for sick, injured, and abandoned animals, sponsor grants for animal research, and fund programs across the world to help endangered wild animals. I'm a proud supporter of the NC Zoo.

 Want to see more of Cara's work: Visit her here:




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March 24, 2016

I love the realism. Gorgeous artwork!

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