I am a portrait and marine artist currently living and working in Malta. I am a Member of Assocoation of Professional Artists of Austria, Malta Society of Arts and Pastel Society of Malta.
People have always intrigued me. I portray them individually and in their relations to each other, usually from life. I enjoy the challenge of capturing their personality. I hope my portraits tell a story. If I don't depict people, it is still about them either it is an empty bench in the park or a sunset over the sea.
Since my recent move to Malta, light has become an important part of my artwork. The intensity and vibrancy of light is exceptional here. I have also become absolutely fascinated about the sea and now paint it in all its moods, en plein air and in my studio, in hopes that more people will be taking proper care of it. My own attitude towards the sea has always been the one between awe and fear, inner freedom and longing for bonds and borders.
Having moved to Malta, I was missing a sense of belonging so I started exploring this feeling through graphite drawings where only hands represented a human. I incorporated scent into this work as smell is known as a strong trigger of memories but also something very easily lost. 'Evanescent Memories' became part of the European multi-sensory art project and were shown in the exhibition of the Malta Society of Arts 'Perception' in Valletta in August 2018.
At the moment, I am working on a series of pastels exploring sea
waters I call ‘Meditations’. In the West European culture time is a rapidly moving river unavoidably leading us to the end – a rather frightening image. Through these paintings of calm
waters I explore time as something continuously moving with and around us, present in all its aspects in the here and now. One of the 'Meditations' has been part of the Royal Society of Marine
Artists Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, UK, in October 2018.
I am also working on the series of large waves. Painting breaking waves is an attempt to grasp a beautiful moment and hold it forever. A wave is a visual metaphor of the time which stands still.
-Allura Malta Open Art Studios Trail, Cavalieri Art Hotel in St Julian's, 3.11.-4.11.18 https://allura.com.mt/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/TrailNEW2-768x1087.jpg
-The Pastel Society of Malta's Annual Exhibition, Ir-Razzett tal-Markiz Mallia Tabone, Mosta, Malta, 13.10.-27.10.18
-Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition2018, The Mall, London SW1, 11.10.-20.10.2018
-Malta Society of Arts Members' multi-sensorial Exhibition 'Perception', Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta, 2.8.-30.8.2018
-Collective exhibition at the Ministry for Gozo, Victoria, Malta, 3.8.-21.8.18
-Collective exhibition at Hilltop Gardens, Hilltop Gardens, Naxxar, Malta, 22.6.-24.6.2018
-Pastel Society of Malta's group exhibition (with guests) 'Qrendi Parish and Its Surroundings', Qrendi Parish Centre, Malta, 2.06.2018-10.06.2018
-Collective international exhibition 'Poesie der Grafik'/'Poetry of Graphic Art', KreativRaum Galerie, Riemergasse 2, 1010, Vienna, Austria, 11.06.2018-23.06.2018
-Group exhibition of the Association of professional Artists of Austria 'Aufbruch zum Licht'/'Towards the Light',
Otto-Mauer-Zentrum, Vienna, Austria, 22.03.2018-27.06.2018
-International Exhibition 'Fabriano in Acquarello'/'Fabriano in Watercolour', Fabriano, Italy, 3-7 May 2018
-'Eigene Sicht der Dinge', Association of professional Artists of Austria, Kunstsalon Schönbrunn, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria, 13.01.2018-31.01.2018
-The Pastel Society of Malta's 11th Annual Exhibition, Palazzo de La Sale, Valletta, Malta, November 30th-December 19th, 2017
Esther Lafferty - Follow the Trail - The Sunday Times of Malta https://www.timesofmalta.com/…/arts…/follow-the-trail.692776
Malta Independent - PERCEPTION - The Malta Society of Arts' members' annual exhibition - Members of the Malta Society of Arts speak to Carla Zahra about their contribution to PERCEPTION - the current exhibition being showcased at Palazzo de La Salle, curated by Roderick Camilleri
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