Carmen Whitehead is originally from Cuba, raised in Los Angeles and now lives in Chandler, AZ. She is a single mom of two young adults,and a self-taught Mixed Media Artist with a love of vibrant colors and vintage ephemera. She often combines these two loves into her canvas artwork.
As a 4 year survivor of Stage III Ovarian Cancer, art was part of her healing and is now a full-time career and passion. Her mission is to encourage and inspire young girls and women to seek their dreams, never give up and to trust the journey. She is a true believer and example that it’s never too late to find your true passion.
Recently she was published in Somerset Studio July 2014, Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2015, Winter 2016 and Somerset Holidays & Celebrations 2015 magazines. She was also part of the Once Upon A Time exhibition at The Studio Door, San Diego, CA. June 2015 and Flora & Fauna Show at the Orange County Creatives Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. September 2015.
My canvas artwork is created for inspiration and encouragement. It is meant for women or young girls that want to overcome obstacles and continue the journey they are on. Women that may be going through a cancer battle, life changing event or girls that may be graduating and starting a new chapter in their life.
Vibrant colors is a common thread with all my canvases, whether I’m creating a girl, butterflies or hearts. Most recently I’ve been creating girls (or my muses) to garden settings and intuitive style painting. They are Folk art in mixed media form and combine acrylic paints, collaging of vintage papers, modeling paste and even watercolor paints.
Each piece starts off with an idea of a focal point (girl, heart, word) and grows from there. During the process the color scheme may change and evolve until I feel the true message is coming through the canvas. I will often add words that mean a lot to me as a cancer survivor; be brave, courage, believe. But, all of my work is meant to bring peace and joy.
Hope this gives you a little idea of who I am and what I love. Come visit often, since I always have something new to share.
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