Carla Marlenée Bates is a California                                                            native whose talents span the fields of both                                                              commercial and fine art. She holds a Bachelor of                                                      Fine Arts Degree from California State University in                                                  Fullerton.  As a Graphic Designer and a painter, she                                                  has been  fortunate enough to work on projects                                                        with Malibu-based entities such as: The Malibu Playhouse, Once Upon A Time Children’s Theatre, The Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture, Eco Hero Kids, The Malibu String Academy and The Malibu Civic Ballet. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time for her first love, painting, and has enjoyed success creating land and seascapes depicting her vision of the Malibu experience. "Often in my paintings, I aim to illuminate the human connection with nature, especially a surfers call to the water. I want to capture the coastal creature in their element; playful, contemplative and immersed in the great beauty of the Pacific Ocean. I refer to these paintings as Ocean Portraits because they usually feature people that I know or people that I have had the good fortune to meet thanks to a commission. The subject matter can be described as esoteric, but I think it can speak to that place of joy we all feel inside when we know, in that moment, we are grateful to be here."

  • Also accepting commissions:  Beach Portraits, House Portraits, Environmental Portraits.

Painter, Graphic Designer

Fine Art for sale

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Carla Marlenée Bates