My name is Kara Perfanick.
I am a 21 year old artist living in Lockport, Manitoba, Canada.
I paint the beauty that radiates from our earth, along with the musings of my own heart.
I create to be heard. To learn. To heal.
I began my journey insecure in myself, and therefore unable to truly step into who I really was. I was in a constant state of discomfort and anxiety; I lived my life on the sidelines, afraid to take up any space.
Afraid to be seen.
It wasn’t before long when these walls I had created after years of self destruction began to crumble. I suffered from depression, I was a nervous wreck, I felt so tired and discouraged but I didn’t even realize why. And yet my heart whispered that this wasn’t who I was. That I wasn’t confined to the limits that I had built for myself.
That I was more.
It was around this time that I was in school, studying to become a graphic designer. I had convinced myself that this career choice would grant me the freedom to pursue my creativity, while earning a living. It was a safe decision. Except instead of freeing me to truly express myself, I felt trapped beneath client specs and passing trends. But I couldn’t afford to sacrifice my individuality for the sake of being recognized by others. I knew in my heart that my life was not meant to be lived confined in a safety net of what is socially acceptable to do or what earns the best living. I wanted to be free. To not know where life would take me with each passing day but also to trust within myself; to know I am exactly where I need to be, and that I am living authentically as ME. I made the decision to trust in myself. I let go of all fear and doubt, and instead chose live by my own intuition. I finished my graphic design program but I took off running in the opposite direction. And although I am still not sure where this life is leading me, I am finally home.
And so to me, my art tells the stories of my heart. It tells of my perpetual process of self-discovery and growth. Of love, of healing. I want to create a world where our actions are motivated by love. By compassion. To ourselves, and to all beings. Where we treat our earth with care and respect. Where fear does not stop us from owning who we truly are, or leading lives led by passion and joy.
I want the art I create to heal. To shine love into the hearts of others.
To evoke beauty.
Thank you for seeing me.