Carla Padgett is a native South Carolinian who grew up in Columbia, SC. She began her appreciation for the arts at a very young age, studying music, drawing and painting, and dance. She took classes in art at school and participated in occasional summer courses taught by local professional artists or at the University of South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina where she earned a B.S. degree in 1989 and a M.S. in 1991, both in Statistics. She has lived and worked mostly on the east coast of the United States, but has spent a fair amount of time traveling, particularly in Europe where she developed an appreciation for French impressionist painters and the beautiful region of Provence. She started painting and drawing mostly in watercolors and pastels, but over the past 18 years has preferred oils and most of her current professional work is in this medium.

She paints in a realistic style. Although animals and nature are her favorites, she paints a wide variety of subjects. After spending 8 years on the South Carolina coast, she is now finding inspiration in the rocky landscape of upstate South Carolina where she lives and works. She strongly believes that beauty is all around us in everyday things trees and flowers, birds and sunsets we just have to take time to look around. She paints things that she sees everyday in a way that attempts to show their beauty and encourage the viewer to marvel at the wonders that nature shows us every day.

She hopes that you will enjoy visiting this site and come back frequently to view her latest works.


Associations/Memberships:
Upstate Visual Arts


Recent Juried Exhibitions:
2007 28th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition, Pickens County Museumm of Art and History
2006 Atlanta Artists Center 3rd National Juried Art Exhibition
2006 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition
2006 27th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition, Pickens County Museum of Art and History
2005 30th Annual Anderson County Arts Center Juried Exhibition
2005 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition
2004 SC State Fair Juried Exhibition, Professional Category, Oil Painting
2004 Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition
2004 NBSC Oil Painters Open Invitational Exhibition and Traveling Show

Recent Awards:
Second Place, 2007, 28th Annual Juried South Carolina Artists Exhibition, Pickens County Museum of Art and History -- "Creek Scene"
Honorable Mention, 2005 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition -- "Confederate Rose"
Honorable Mention, 2004 Hilton Head Art League National Juried Exhibition -- "Sycamore in Afternoon"



© Carla S. Padgett, 2003-2009