The Last Carinnahnah
"I come from two hugs families, but all along it was my mother that showed my the importance of family. When she died I became depressed and lost my way. Painting was just a way of coping with that, and I eventually turned that passion into Carinista Art. My love for art saved my from myself as it always used to growing up. Thank you for being here to share this journey with me."
Carin Bernard is a Connecticut raised self-taught artist. She is a University of Connecticut graduate with a Bachelors in Economics. Her goal was to prepare herself financially for anything that may come after graduating college. She became overwhelm by depression after losing her mother in 2010, and would go long periods of time without doing anything creative. She decided to take of painting as a form of art therapy 2017 which eventually rekindled her confidence in her work. Carinista Art was created shortly after.
"Becoming an artist was always something I had to pursue, but I had to be able to invest in myself. That's why it was crucial for me to learn the ins and outs of Economics. Now, I can manage my business while doing the one thing that brings me joy."
As of November 2020, Carin has sold over 100 original paintings and instructed12 paint parties. She has also presented several live painting demonstrations at various events across Connecticut. Her brand logo is represented by a simple cherry silhouette. It represents a symbol of hope that any person dealing with trauma will overcome. The mission of Carinista Art is to promote self-love and self-preservation and to promote the beauty of identity.
"COVID-19 taught me that you have to be open for change at any time in your journey. I think as a business I prepared myself enough so that I can still thrive even when public events are limited. It feels good knowing that my mom was right about how things would turn for me. I'm so glad she got to be my mom. This business is driven by her."