Carla Mooking grew up on the tropical island of Trinidad, which is famous for its vibrant and colorful Carnival celebrations. Carla brings this same vivacious energy to her artwork by using bright, bold acrylic paints and organic shapes, an obvious influence from her Caribbean roots.
Carla studied Visual Communication Design at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, majored in illustration and graduated with honors in 2003.In 2007 Carla won an award for her illustration work on a promotional piece for Edmonton Tourism and was a feature artist in Notebook art magazine. In 2010 Carla participated in the 5 Artists 1 Love: Black History Month Art Show at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
After some success as a freelance illustrator and visual artist in Edmonton her love of the ocean brought her to Vancouver in 2010 and she produced her first solo exhibit in 2013. Since then she has gone on to paint for three solo exhibitions, two group shows and many commissions. She has recently discovered the joy of teaching and shares her craft with others by facilitating team-building workshops and adult painting classes.