Peril in the Branches, (detail), oil on aluminum, 48″ x 72″, © 2009 Cara Enteles
Stop. Behold the fleeting, delicate beauty of a butterfly lighting on flower petals, or the whir and buzz of hummingbirds and bees as they dart about, competing for late season pollen. What an amazing and diverse world we live in. As gardeners we tend to be keenly aware and respectful of the living miracles all around us. Time spent in the garden provides many opportunities for close encounters with spiders, bugs and birds as they instinctively go about their daily tasks. These amazing creatures and their relationships with one another, as well as with humankind, are the subject matter of this week’s ‘Art Inspired by Nature‘: The Work of Cara Enteles.
I first encountered Cara’s paintings last summer through the Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia where we are both represented and exhibit. Cara’s work is truly beautiful to behold. Metallic aluminum and transparent acrylic supports enhance the saturated hues, surface, depth and detail of her paintings. Immediately mesmerized by the luminous quality of her work, I found myself further drawn in and captivated by the complexity of her natural themes. After looking closely at Cara’s paintings over the course of time, I was not surprised when she told me that she is an avid gardener. Her work communicates both a rich understanding and respect for the natural world, and a joyous, uninhibited sense of wonder.
Many of us have become deeply and legitimately concerned about shrinking habitat, changing climate, and other ecological imbalances both natural and manmade. Cara’s work speaks to these concerns by exploring the complex relationships between the species in both her ‘Alternative Pollinator’ and ‘Predator and Prey’ series’. I hope you will make the time to look closely at Cara’s work and to share it with others. Artists of all kinds play an important social role by raising awareness and inspiring action. Cara’s work gives voice to the concerns of the honeybee, the hummingbird, the butterfly and the plants they pollinate; the natural world and web of life, upon which we all depend.
Cara Enteles‘ paintings can be seen in galleries and collections though out the United States, and this month she is participating in Art London with Four Square Arts in the United Kingdom, October 8-12th. The artist divides her time between New York City and her home in Abramsville, Pennsylvania, where she works in her beautiful vegetable garden, pictured below…
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Working Bees, oil on acrylic sheet, 2′ x 2′, © Cara Enteles
Peril in the Branches, oil on aluminum, 48″ x 72″, © Cara Enteles
Alternative Pollinators 5, oil on acrylic sheet, 2′ x 2′, © Cara Enteles
Hummingbird Pollinators 2, oil on aluminum, 26″ x 36″, © Cara Enteles
The Last Days of Summer, oil on acrylic sheet, 36″ x 36″, © Cara Enteles
Mostly Moths #3, enamel and oil on aluminum, 48″ x 32″, © Cara Enteles
Butterfly Installation, oil on aluminum, 9′ x 3′, © Cara Enteles, (detail below)…
For more information on where to see/acquire Cara’s work, please visit her website: www.caraenteles.com
Thank you so much Cara, for sharing your work !
All artwork displayed on this post is the copyrighted property of Cara Enteles, and may not be reproduced or used in any way without her express written consent.
~ Cara’s Pennsylvania Vegetable Garden ~
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Article copyright 2009, Michaela at The Gardener’s Eden