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 has been fascinated by the art of ancient peoples since childhood. Using techniques similar to some of those ancient artists, she carves, burns, and paints carved gourds, creating what she calls "simulated artifacts". At times she will embellish her pieces with arrowheads, beads, or shells.
Her gourd illustrations are inspired by art found in France, Spain, Northern Africa, Greece, as well as Irish and American Indian works. After learning in the 4th grade that the cave art at Lascaux was discovered on her birthday, she was hooked!
For more information and views of her work, visit her website at carlottatormey.com. She also accepts commissions for portraits or any illustration needs by phone at 530-622-1451..