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Carla Sanchez

Carla Sanchez grew up in a family of artists living in the Hamptons NY. She wanted to study art at the Art Students League like her mother had, but was discouraged from following that path. Instead, she attended SUNY@Stonybrook double majoring in Premed and Psychology. She later went on to receive her Masters in Psychology/ Counseling. It wasn't until 2006 that Carla was able to make art a priority in her life again. She now resides in Llano, Texas with her son and her horses.

In 2006, Carla began studying oil painting under the guidance of David Leffel and drawing as well as painting under Sherri McGraw, both modern Masters in their own rights. The first three years Carla traveled to paint with David and Sherri 5 to 6 times a year. She's been to Taos, Chicago, Santa Fe, Atlanta and Tampa. Today she still paints with them but not as frequently. The expertise that they have imparted has been immeasurable in aiding her growth as an artist and a person. Besides David Leffel, Carla has studied in Santa Fe at the Valdez School of Art with Kevin Gorges. In 2013 Carla had the honor of meeting Roseta Santiago and attending a workshop Roseta was giving. They quickly became friends. Roseta invited Carla to co- teach a workshop with her at the Quinlan. In 2014, Carla also painted with Kevin Beilfuss and Phil Starke.

Carla’s greatest inspiration besides Velasquez and David Leffel has been her late grandfather, who was a well-known local artist in The Hamptons. Sadly he died three months before she was born but she receives her inspiration from the works he left behind. Carla’s style tends toward Classical realism; she is also influenced by Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro style. She believes there is classical beauty in everything; this idea she endeavors to portray in all her works.

Awards and Honors:
2006 - Honorable mention at the Georgia Watercolor Society Annual Competition
- First place at the Paulding Fine Arts National Competition in drawing
- First place at the Cedar Valley Art Lovers League National Show in the drawing category
- Was published in the American Artist Magazine as a finalist in their annual competition
-Was given a feature article in the magazine Horses and Art.
2007 - Best of Show with a drawing and First place Competition in Photography at the Paulding Fine Arts National Competition
- Best of Show and First place at the Cedar Valley Art Lover’s League National Show
- Third Place overall at the Rome Coterie National Competition
2008 - First place at the North Cobb Arts League National Competition
- Best of Show and First place at the big Shanty National Competition
2009 - First place and People’s Choice at the Paulding Fine Arts Annual Competition
- Second place at the Cedar Valley Art Lovers League National Show
- Juror’s choice at the Mable House National Competition
- Finalist in the Richeson Portrait Competition judged by Kinstler
- Juried into OPA
- Juried into Atlanta Fine Arts League
2010 - Best of Show and first place at the Paulding Fine Arts Annual Competition
- First Place Overall at The Metro Montage at the Cobb Marietta Museum of art judged by the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in NYC
- First Place and Second Place at the Cobb Marietta Museum’s National Competition
2011 - First place at the Paulding Fine Arts Annual Competition
- Finalist in the Richeson Small Works Competition
- First place at the New Mexico Art League, Facing the Muse, national portrait competition sponsored by the American Portrait Society.

http://carlasanchezart.com/