I think I’ve always been an explorer: one of place, people, workings of the mind, and those things overlooked but most significant. I spent a major portion of my childhood living in Paris influenced by French culture where the arts are valued. I tagged along with my parents across Europe curious about whatever was around the next bend, ready to absorb it all. Those early experiences imprinted a love for art and great appreciation for culture.
I sought diversity and, as an adult, continued my travels to farther flung places…North Africa, Middle East, India. But it was in the mid-90s when I feel like my real life began through my first experiences with sacred Indigenous ceremonies and sites. My soul called me to remote areas in Peru, Bolivia, Central America, Mexico and Native lands in the US where, over 20+ years, I continually develop relationships with Indigenous spiritual leaders and healers serving their communities.
My spirit has become grounded in these ways, and it cannot help but emerge in my art and writing. Experiential learning through Native traditions and 30+ years of meditation practice has instilled greater clarity toward what truly matters…connection to all things, reciprocity, community…yet opened a portal beyond what my ordinary eyes can see.
My artwork is narrative, conveying the path of my experiences and unearthing its depths, with intent to convey that sense of the sacred.
Carla Woody began to write stories and draw in childhood. The combination finally emerged as a narrative approach to art. She’s a storyteller. A look at her work over time tells of travels around the world⏤and a distinct ability to distill place and culture. She works in oil and mixed media, both 2-D and 3-D. The influence of her 20+ years’ involvement with Indigenous peoples and ancient traditions is noticeable. Carla makes her home in a remote area outside Prescott, Arizona.
Carla donates a percentage of profits from art and book sales to the projects of Kenosis Spirit Keepers, the nonprofit she founded in 2007 seeking to help preserve Indigenous wisdom traditions in danger of decimation.
Excerpt “Wisdom Through Stillness”