The Carla Bosch Story
Carla’s life of color started January 14, 1976 in Pretoria, South Africa. Spring’s flood of purple Jacaranda tree blossoms in this city could have inspired Carla’s bold use of color.
After finishing an Interior Design diploma at the Tshwane University of Technology, Carla’s love for painting took over. Hard work paid off as numerous well-recognized art galleries requested her work. Most of these galleries are loyal supporters to this day and three of the most recognized art galleries in South Africa have hosted extremely successful Carla Bosch Solo Exhibitions.
The warmth and cheerfulness of her landscapes, coastal and street scenes are true to Carla’s vibrant personality and her giving nature is evident in her liberal use of bright colors. She loves painting plein air and is equally at home in her studio where Carla prefers to use images more as reference points rather than images to paint exact replicas from. Carla enjoys giving her impression of the subject matter without referencing pictures. She approaches a blank canvas with absolute creative boldness. This impressionistic approach allows her to paint from the eyes of her soul and maybe this is why there is such powerful emotion in her work. Carla mostly works with professional acrylics on stretched canvas.
Carla inherited her talent from her father, who is also her close friend. Although she never formally studied art, it is Carla’s desire to be an ever-developing artist. She embraces every opportunity to interact and learn from other artists. Likewise, other artists also recognized her talent and wanted to learn from her. Carla taught at the Original Arts Company’s art school and has presented multiple workshops to artists and novices alike. All of this teaching tied into her personal growth pattern.
Her desire to be an ever-growing artist is now showing more than ever. Part of Carla aspiration to grow, included a yearning to establish a more international presence. She applied for an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Green Card in the USA and based on her artistic achievements and talents, was duly awarded an Extraordinary Ability Green Card by the USCIS in January 2015.
Carla is a Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) member and won the Randy Higbee Award at the LPAPA Showcase 2014. She is also a Best of Acrylics 2014 international competition winner. Her most recent accomplishments include being juried into the 2015 LPAPA Best of Plein Air Show, a first place award in the 2015 Paint San Clemente quick draw competition and no less than two honorable mentions in the 2015 Paint San Clemente main event. 2016 saw Carla walk away with three honorable mentions from Paint San Clemente. Carla has also for the third year been invited by the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council to join a select group of plein air artists in showing their original paintings in the Crystal Cove 2017 Fine Art Program. She has been juried into the acclaimed 2017 La Quinta Arts Festival, which is rated best fine art festival in the nation, and to top it all off, she has again been juried into the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters art spectacular in Laguna Beach, California.
While Carla’s art finds its way all over the world, she and her family now reside in California where you will find her work exhibited in the above-mentioned Crystal Cove Gallery and the renowned Forest & Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.
Thank you for your interest in Carla’s journey.