Cara Pabst Moran
Cara Moran is a contemporary impressionist, specializing in bold, clean colors and highly textured drama. The viewer is immediately captured by the bright and joyful colors that seem to dance across her paintings. The layers of shiny paint are applied with instinctual flair using the timeless ... moreCara Moran is a contemporary impressionist, specializing in bold, clean colors and highly textured drama. The viewer is immediately captured by the bright and joyful colors that seem to dance across her paintings. The layers of shiny paint are applied with instinctual flair using the timeless impasto technique. "I love to play with colors, and draw my inspirations from graphic delectables intermixed with nature."
Cara has always been in love with the way that color and form can speak. As the daughter of successful artist, Charles H. Pabst, she grew up watching and learning, fine-tuning her inherited talent. While obtaining a BA in Art History at Arizona State University, she enjoyed taking in every interesting detail about the origins and cultures from which art pieces have emerged.
As a student, Cara also apprenticed with modern artist Beth Ames Swartz, "who has always been a source of inspiration for color and expression within my work." While absorbing the diverse approaches of contemporary and historical artists, Cara developed a style all her own, capturing the fleeting beauty of the natural world with the quickest of impressions.
"A flower is fleetingly sweet, fresh, cheerful, and purely natural. There is nothing contrived in the way in which it bursts forth, making an always-welcomed appearance. There is perfect order and joy in its constant cycle of life. Perhaps this is why I was naturally drawn to capturing them as my main source of inspiration. Clouds, in all their fresh and constant movement, make such an incredible backdrop. My eyes will never tire of these portraits of time. Our Creator is unspeakable, ever-changing Beauty, and I can only capture a second's worth of this eternal order in my own way. I am thankful for such a wonderful privilege."
Moran's work has been enthusiastically received, exuding an energy and joy that her public finds compelling. Using almost exclusively palette knife, the texture she achieves makes her work three dimensional. But it's the fourth dimension, the intangible quality that captivates the viewer and holds him spellbound. Growing up in the Arizona desert, Cara moved from Phoenix to Prescott, Arizona, in 2000. She has since returned to Phoenix where her primary focus is raising her six children. "They provide my greatest inspiration. Their innocence and beauty bring me such a depth of hope and joy. I want to speak this joy in my paintings."