Carla D’aguanno: a visual storyteller standing next to one of her recent paintings. (Photo by A. Keith Carreiro, 25 July 2017.)
Sometimes, I get blessed by learning about the incredible talent that is around me locally. When I do discover someone who just amazes me by their creative capacity for expression, I feel as though I need to share this discovery with as many people that I know, and with those folks who also deeply appreciate learning more about local and regional artists. It is for this very reason that I established this weblog. To be able to write about those individuals I admire; and, in particular, to have the opportunity spending time with them in exploring their creative work, is fascinating. It is uplifting to the spirit.
I attend Christian Life Church in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on a regular basis. I have been going there for the past five years. One day, two years into my attendance, I met with Pastor Robert Bernier in his office and spent some delightful time talking with him about the church and about the role of the Christian church in postmodern times. On one of the chairs was placed this amazing painting. At a first, superficial glance, I thought it was a store–bought item that one might buy from Michael’s. Yet, it had an extraordinary feel to it. Plus, the image had two golden retriever puppies gamboling around the bare feet of a young child who was on the edge of a stream holding a pail and a bucket in her hands. Anything having a picture of golden retrievers immediately gains my attention. I am a true fan of this breed of dog. I have had a golden for almost all of my adult life so far. I had my first golden retriever when I was 19–years–old. His name was Frodo.
Over the next three years, I hoped to see some more examples of her work. To my great delight and surprise, Diane Sailer, our Senior Administrative Assistant at the church, had collected some of Carla’s work in Diane’s office, and I was able to see more of the artist’s portfolio. This small collection consisted of Carla’s earlier work, but it was still stunning to look at and to experience visually.
I felt very honored to be in this sacred place. Having an artist share with you his or her innermost sanctuary where creative power is brought into a specific and explicit context is a profound experience all by itself. Being able to see what has been made right before your eyes and to hear the artist tell you about it are equally humbling experiences.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m an artist and I paint. I am a Christian and that resonates throughout my work. I work in oils.
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
I am glad that she has followed her calling. There is something magical about artists who revel and take delight in the talent God has given them. Carla’s paintings seem to be infused with such goodness and brilliance of life in a more innocent time in our history. Yet, her work nevertheless represents the wealth of beauty that is around us in the present, if we but notice it. Certainly, she is touched by the inspiration that God provides her.
I consider her a great visual storyteller. I hope that you do as well . . .
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1 The first 16 questions used in this interview were taken from the UK site “Arts Culture”. Some of them were modified for facility of use in this interview with Carla.
2 Mark 11:24 [American King James Version]
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© 3 August 2017 by A. Keith Carreiro