Carly Creley is a painter and photographer from Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California. She holds masters degrees in Environmental Science and in Education, but uses art to share her experiences in the natural world with others. Carly loves hiking, camping, and exploring new places. In addition to teaching science, Carly leads an annual summer course for artists volunteering in Sequoia National Park, and is a guide at Griffith Observatory. Her work has been exhibited at the dA Center for the Arts in the Pomona Arts Colony, Art Share L.A. in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, the Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles, the Courthouse Gallery in Exeter outside of Sequoia National Park, and galleries throughout Southern California. Her art has been published in Spectrum, The Sand Canyon Review and East Jasmine Review, and her scientific research on tree squirrels has been published in the Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences.
I want my work to bring people into the natural world. I try to capture the feeling of standing on the beach in Monterey – of feeling the breeze flow through the cypress as it makes its way to the ocean at my back – so that others can feel the tranquility of those moments as well. I want people to see the life that pikas bring to the Beartooth Summit, so high and cold that only they and the mountain goats, who lick salt from the frozen road, can survive. I hope that my work draws others to venture out on their own journeys, to places that will become just as important to them.
I have painted with acrylic for many years to capture the nuances of the landscape, but recently began experimenting with gouache and watercolor. I love how I can work with gouache in the field, to capture the changing day as the sun moves across the sky.