Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Carla grew up spending the majority of her childhood outside on her small family farm, learning to care for animals, tend to the berry patch and maintain the flower beds. The family also raised Monarch butterflies, which has become one of Carla's favorite subjects to paint or photograph.
When not assisting with the day-to-day chores, she, along with her two brothers, would let their imaginations run wild. They would build forts, play kick the can, and make elaborate creations in the sandbox, which had to expand greatly to capture their crazy ideas.
In her teen years, Carla began working for the family business, a landscape design build firm. She spent her summers installing plants, waterfalls, and walkways and her love of nature continued to grow. (Pictured here is a waterfall Carla helped install.) After high school, Carla continued on with her education, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
While creating outdoor art made of glass and iron, Carla continued to work for the family business. She was blessed with the ability to incorporate her artwork into a number of public spaces as well as private residences throughout northeast Ohio. Carla has moved on from the family business, but her love of nature stayed with her.
Today, Carla is the Executive Director of Human Resources for a company in Stow ,Ohio and she uses her artistic side as a release from the day-to-day stress of work and raising a family. Both her painting studio and iron studio are located at her home and she works on her pieces in the evenings and weekends.
Carla married Jeremy Fitzpatrick in 2002. They have two children and one grandchild. Together they enjoy attending their children's sporting events, boating, camping, and four-wheeling.
With a full-time career in Human Resources, one of my many responsibilities is recruiting. My favorite questions to ask candidates are: What do you do at the end of your day? How do you have fun, unwind, and stay sane? This is where you can often see people come to life when they talk about the things they love to do. For me, the answers to these questions are simple – I retreat to my studio and get lost in my work.
There is no greater artist than He who created the heavens and the earth. I am in constant awe of the beauty that surrounds us, and I enjoy capturing that beauty in my own unique way.
Painting has become the number one way in which I express the world around me, and it brings me great joy when my work is also acknowledged and acquired by others in this world.