Welcome to my website. I am an artist whose work spans the full spectrum of media, from oil paintings to eye-catching print work and web design.

From the beginning of my career I have enjoyed providing art direction for product concepts and photo shoots through my sketching abilities. Using all angles of my skills in both fine art and digital media to communicate effectively is for me the best of both worlds. My passion for learning and technology has carried me into the digital realm as a web designer and developer, and I love exploring the ever-evolving world of social media and content marketing.

I have been a Creative Director and Art Director for both web and print companies, including magazines. Throughout my career, I have supervised all aspects of production and design. I am skilled in fine art, illustration, and digital media for both web and print. I have produced cartoons and oil paintings on commission, programmed and designed websites and illustrated television storyboards and new building design concepts.

Early in my career, I honed my skills in the pressure cooker of East Coast marketing firms, where the creative energy and intense deadlines refined my talents and work ethic. I have shown my fine art in New York, California, and Wisconsin, including exhibits in SoHo, NYC with Art Party Pravda, a Russian art cooperative. As a service to military families, I donate my time to create posthumous oil portraits of fallen U.S. Service members.

The daughter of a craftsman and an artist, I have studied art formally from the age of six, taking courses in drawing, painting and sculpting at Hofstra University while in elementary school.

In high school I picked up my first airbrush and fell in love. I enjoyed working in the airbrush booth at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, and continue to use my airbrushes for muraling, both inside and outdoors for homes and businesses.

I completed a bachelor’s degree in fine art and a minor in art history at SUNY Stony Brook, then studied illustration and graphic design at the Joe Kubert School in Dover, NJ, marketing and desktop publishing at Morris County School of Technology in Denville, NJ, web development at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, and web design and development through the AQUENT Springboard program in Boston, MA.

Upon discovering web design and development, I found I love working in various code languages, and spend much of my time in Coda with html, php, JavaScript, and CSS. I am currently working full time in responsive web design and development, illustration and logo design, but do accept freelance assignments. Whether designing for web, print, illustration, or fine art, I approach each project with an eye not only for compelling images, but for my clients’ needs, budget, and target audience. My love for organization ensures that I meet both my clients’ aesthetic expectations and their deadlines.

My hunger for learning and keeping up with marketing trends continues today as I study social media marketing, SEO, and blogging.

If you are interested in hiring me for a freelance project, contact me today, let’s talk about making your vision a reality!

Cara is a true professional with endless creative ability and a special talent and passion for illustration. Her sense of humor, excellent communication skills and punctuality make her a joy to work with and an asset to any business.

Ann HowellOwner, Howell Design

Cara is one of the most competent, professional and gifted people I have ever worked with. Personable, capable and goals oriented. She just makes it happen effortlessly. Any organization would find her a significant contributor and value added.

Steve FisherConsultant at Military and Executive Office Consultant

Cara’s work always demonstrates great attention to detail as well great imagination and creative abilities. Cara’s prior experience running an advertising agency provided professional, real world experience that was instrumental in helping our non-profit maximize limited resources.

Randall HarrisPresidet, Board of Directors, Living Free Animal Sanctuary

I just received this marvelous oil painting of me in the mail! I am in awe of the talent and time put into this amazing gift. Thank you

Moriah G.Murrieta, CA

Cara would be a definite asset in preparing students for professional design practice. I would happily re-employ Cara as I consider her to be a valuable member of the team, who consistently achieved good results and delivers all expectations.

Judy CurtisCurtis Creative Design

Cara offered to take on my daughter Audrey as an art student… Under her instruction, Audrey progressed in leaps and bounds.

When asked to write a freshman essay about an artist that inspired her, Audrey chose not Banksy or Picasso, but Cara. She has helped my daughter accomplish her dreams, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Larrynn CarverIdyllwild, CA