In her hometown of North Providence, R.I., Carla D’aguanno realized she was meant to be an artist at a very young age. She recalls her high school teachers commissioning her to paint their children and grandchildren in high school. After graduating from Otis/Parsons School of Design with a BFA in 1986, she began her career as a movie poster artist, illustrating posters for B movie King, Roger Corman and for other movie advertisement companies in Los Angeles. In 1988 she returned to her native New England town and began illustrating young adult and romance covers for New York publishing companies including Bantam, Doubleday, Pocket Books and Harper Collins.
In 1992 Carla D’aguanno married and soon realized that she needed to paint from the heart and the subjects of her affection. Thus, she turned to fine art and began painting children, animals, and Western genre. Her love for the Pioneer days of the West as well as children and horses is evident in her work. She describes her technique as expressive representational art. She claims her greatest challenge is bringing the beauty of her subjects to life on a canvas. Her greatest source of inspiration comes from her faith in God who has given her the skill and ambition to paint since childhood.
She often reflects on life back in the 'Little House on the Prairie' which was one of her favorite shows as a child. The simple way of life when people actually enjoyed the simple pleasures is what she wants to convey to her viewers. Her challenge lies in capturing the innocence and beauty of her subjects to glorify the Creator, who in her opinion is the greatest artist of all.
Among her list of awards is the 2001 1st Place Gallery Choice Award from Art Trends magazine and the 2nd Place People’s Choice Award at the Florida Invitational in 2003. In 2006, Venice based publisher, Mill Pond Press began publishing Carla’s work in giclees on canvas. Also, several of her images are now being licensed on puzzles, greeting cards, prints, calendars and other products being sold in the U.S. and Europe.
Carla’s most recent achievement was becoming the recipient of the John Steven Jones Purchase Award at the 21st Bosque Conservatory Art Classic, in Clifton , TX. The juried show was judged by acclaimed artist, Martin Grelle and her piece entitled ‘Sabino Gold’ won the coveted top award in the show and is now part of the Bosque Conservatory’s private collection. She also received the Horses In Art magazine’s Advertising and Editorial Award for ‘Back From The Dusty Trail’. In 2007, D’aguanno became a member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW). She is currently a member of Oil Painters of America. In 2010 Carla’s work will be featured in the CM Russell Art Auction.