Born into a family of both fine and commercial artists, Carlotta has held positions as an illustrator, conceptual designer and art director. She spent several years as a staff illustrator at an advertising design firm in San Francisco winning several awards and mentions for her illustration. This was a great opportunity for growth as it afforded her a chance to work with a variety of clients, challenges, art styles and media. During this time she was also a guest teacher at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. In 1992, she embarked on her freelance career working with a compendium of clients all over the United States from wineries to publishing houses.
Carlotta is moved by a person's face, costume or employment of the individual. She finds beauty and romance in a rusted truck, old building or character. She loves capturing a moment in time that tells a story and she enjoys doing portraits and period pieces.
When she is not dreaming something up, she generally works from reference photographs. She lets the subject determine how realistic she wants to get, often varying from what she has sketched—she just let's the painting happen. Her favorite medium is watercolor and pencil, though she often employs other material as well. She sometimes mixes styles within a painting.
For more information and views of her work, visit her website at carlottatormey.com.