The Artist: Kara Manza
Kara Manza’s artwork is described as joyful. Her use of vibrant palettes, expressive brush strokes and a fanciful style have been influenced by her life of travel and adventure. She grew up in Port Huron, Michigan, attended the University of Michigan and married her college sweetheart, Bob, whom she has been married to for 37 years. Kara currently resides in Austin, Texas after being an elementary school teacher and enjoying an adventurous life as an expatriate for 13 years in Madrid, Spain; Monterrey, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; Mexico City, as well as living in Michigan, Texas (4 times!), Connecticut and California. Upon retirement, Kara began taking painting classes at The Contemporary in Austin, as well as with the Kara Bullock Art School and Melanie Morris Art.
Kara's painting "Rafting Babes" is currently being featured with two-page spread in the British online and hardcopy publication, Artist Talk Magazine, Vol. 24. She was also featured in a local magazine, Tarrytown Stroll.
Kara is currently exhibiting at Food! Food! in Tarrytown on Exposition. She hopes you can stop by!
Kara has been inspired by her father, Terry Henline, who is a retired automotive designer for General Motors after having studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He is also a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.
She loves her family first and foremost, which includes her husband, two adult daughters and son-in-laws, as well as a rescue standard poodle, Mulligan, who was adopted from Doodle Rock Rescue in Dallas, TX.
Kara has painted for Jo Malone London, Truly Chiropractic, Hyde Park Bar & Grill and El Tigre Coffee and is represented by Five 3 Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA and Art Direct in Austin, TX. View more of her featured artwork here.
Kara is passionate about volunteering and has donated artwork to silent auction benefiting the Helping Hand Home, Mainspring School, the National Kidney Foundation, the Kamukamu Learning Foundation, supporting children in Uganda, and JDRF to fight type 1 diabetes (T1D).
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