We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Carabetta and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I have always just wanted to be happy and enjoy my work. Art is that happy place for me, so ultimately that is my end goal. Although when I extensively look at this, I realize being happy would mean creating and being immersed in art full time. I want my artwork to be shared and loved by many. I want people to hear my name and be able to think of a piece of artwork they saw and loved. I want my artwork to make an impact. I rarely call myself and artist, and so just being acknowledged and known as one would be a part of that happy place. I don’t want to see the end of my career. This means I want to create art until I die. This isn’t just a job I go to, or an income. This is my passion, my heart, my life. So my end goal doesn’t come with a retirement date and that means every day I will be striving to be happy and enjoying my art, that sounds exciting and exhilarating.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been in love with art since a small child. My dad paints and creates and I have learned a lot from him. My mom is also very creative and supportive. I have had many teachers and mentors that have taught me through the years but I really started to know my own style and start creating when I got into college. The first time I got into a gallery and saw my work hanging on a wall it was a proud moment, and every time after hasn’t felt any different. I have over the years really started to love oil on canvas and created a style I like to call my own. Monet is a huge inspiration, but i also pull for Jackson Polluck and Georgia O’Keefe. I love painting flowers, animals, and life. Today’s struggle is time but sometimes it is just being able to let go of life and embrace art. Art is my happy place and sometimes i need space and time to get to a place I can create and that can be hard, but when I do I feel so free. I can get discouraged when people are not buying my art or I haven’t gotten in a gallery in a while, but it hasn’t stopped my drive. I think just getting the art out there is important.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Downtown is probably the top place to see and enjoy. 16th Street Mall has a lot of unique things to see, and the Denver Art Museum has so much to offer. Rhino district for all the murals then Riding the lightrail to west part of town is an experience in itself, but walking Clear Creek in Golden and walking through the history park and downtown would be a stop for sure. I would take them to Angelos Tavern on 6th for some amazing Italian food. Also to Tacos Tequila Whiskey for some amazing tacos. A brunch and Lucilles or Snooze, even Denver Biscuit Company. For a selection of brews I would stop at Colorado Plus Brew Pub or Denver Beer Company. Denver metro area has so much to offer,
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out is to my family and friends for supporting my ideas and goals. They have encouraged me and pushed me through the hard times. I have a shout out to all the people who have supported my art. Anyone who has bought a painting or shared my social media pages, anyone who told me that they loved my work…all of that is support I needed and appreciated. It all helps me grow and keeps me motivated.