Carra Hewitt Artis paints fine art oil landscapes. She desires the viewer, through her work, will appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and mankind’s mark on the landscape. She strives to capture the essence, time, light and mood of the scene. Almost all of her paintings are plein air paintings, meaning painted on location, or began outdoors and completed in her studio. She also paints studio works and is open to commissions.
Carra found at a young age that she loved creating art. With the encouragement of her parents and after winning a national Scholastic Art Award for an acrylic painting as a high school senior, she enrolled in Auburn University, graduating with a BFA in graphic design. She also enjoyed fine art courses in printmaking, figure drawing, acrylics and watercolor. Later she studied art education at Arizona State University and was exposed to western and native American art. She lived in England and taught art an American Air Force base high school near Oxford.
Returning to her home state of Mississippi at age 29, she worked as an award-winning art director for the University of Mississippi in Jackson and in Oxford for 28 years. She took weekend painting workshops in Oxford with Connie Flake, a university oil painting class taught by Jere Allen and a week-long plein air workshop in the Colorado mountains with Jim Biggers and Theresa Vito.
After relocating to East Tennessee in 2013, she was overjoyed to find a group of nurturing artists, “Tuesday Painters,” a weekly plein air painting group. She is currently their coordinator. Studying with Kathie Odom, Jonathan Howe, Connie Gaertner, John Lasater IV, Jason Sacran, Dawn Whitelaw, Peggy Root, Morgan Samuel Price, Mary Garrish and John Guernsey has greatly influenced her recent growth. A member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, her work has hung in shows at the Emporium, winning an honorable mention at the Tennessee Artists Association show in 2016. She participated in 2017 and 2018 "Artists On Location," sponsored by the Knoxville Museum of Art, has attended Plein Air South four years. She was accepted into the Oak Ridge Open Show 2018. Carra has shown her paintings at the TVUUC Gallery and at Redeemer Church of Knoxville. She was represented by the Arts In Common Gallery in Sevierville, Tennessee until it closed. Carra has visited major art museums in New York City, Washington, D.C., Paris, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Florence and Dublin. Her paintings are in private collections in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.