Carly Creley is a painter and photographer from Los Feliz in Los Angeles, California. She holds masters degrees in Environmental Science and in Education, and 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 volunteer week in Sequoia National Park, and is a guide at Griffith Observatory. Her work has been exhibited at Art Share L.A., the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles, and galleries throughout Southern California. Her art has been published in Spectrum, The Sand Canyon Review, and East Jasmine Review. 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 that flows through cypress as it makes its way to the crashing ocean waves, and the tingle of sunlight turning the Sierran peaks orange and pink in the freezing morning air– 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.