"George the Galapagos Tortoise" 7 x 7 x 13 Gourd and Clay
"Woodrow, the Wood Turtle" 7 x 7.5 x 13 Gourd and Clay
"Yellow-Blotched Sawback" 5 x 6 x 10 Gourd and Clay
"Crowned Victorians" 10 x 8 Acrylic on Wood Panel
I have been a professional, self-taught artist since 2007. It's been my goal to explore the natural world and see how it inspires me and others. From true-to-life realism to whimsical fantasy, I want show the beauty of nature and tell stories with my artwork.
I grew up on an animal rescue farm and nature preserve in Trinity, NC. There, all animals became my kin. Not only were they family, but they each had stories to tell. I listened like a bright-eyed child and began to file the stories away in my mind. Each painting, whether a portrait or a scene, was inspired by a fragment of borrowed history. Like a spider spinning her web, I painted the beauty of the natural world one brushstroke at a time until they looked alive. I've always aimed to make my paintings real enough to breathe, to give new life to the stories I was taught as a child and continue to be taught today. Whether I paint a serene portrait or a whimsical dancing creature, even a landscape or still life, I 'm sharing a little fraction of what I've learned.
My art doesn't stop with paintings. Nature is the world's best artist - so it's from her that I gather materials and inspiration to create. Most of my sculptures are made from gourds and clay. I learned to use gourds from my grandmother, Yvonne "Sam" Spinks, who grows a majority of the gourds I use from her garden in Thomasville, North Carolina. After my introduction to gourds, I fell in love with the natural medium. The animals I sculpt depend on the gourds themselves. They grow in unique shapes and sizes, and I let them tell me what they want to be. It adds another element to the wonders of nature.
Throughout the years, my entire family has celebrated arts and supported my goals. My mother, Kay Bevan, is a potter, and my father Ricky Bevan is a general contractor and cabinet maker. My sister is even an aspiring writer. My grandfather Dean Spinks was an architect, and my grandmother was a seamstress along with growing and creating with gourds. Together we make our own artistic web, each with our own talents. Just as the many animals I've come to know have history, and inspire everything I do, so do my family. Our stories will live on in art.
~ Cara Bevan
I am here to tell a story and share my appreciation for all of nature. I grew up on an animal rescue farm and nature preserve, where animals were like friends and family to me. I learned to experience the world with a child-like mind and listen to what animals and nature have to say. With each curious glance I learn a little bit more. An animal's life, their heritage and humble beginnings, hopes, dreams and feelings. They all had personalities, they all had stories. I developed a deep respect for their pure natures and history.
I admire and respect all walks of life, from cute and cuddly to creepy crawly. As I work, I look into my experiences when I paint and sculpt. I've always aimed to make my acrylic paintings and gourd sculptures real enough to breathe. I want to give their stories new life so others can experience the wonders I have.
Mary Martin GALLERY
103 Broad Street,Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303 Gallery Row on Historic Broad Street
Selected as best gallery in South Carolina 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Selected as one of the top twenty-five galleries in America 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.