To Charlotte artist Caroline Simas, living a creative life is a necessity.
From a very young age Simas knew what she wanted to be. “I wanted to grow up and become a mother, a teacher, and an artist. I feel fortunate to have been all three,” she states. In her lifetime, Simas has taught in elementary schools, raised her children, and created her very own custom painting business. Today, Simas continues to lead a creative life by creating her own art, to sell and to share, as well as coaching other artists to achieve their creative goals.
When Simas’s children were still young, she decided to design her own greeting cards. Soon, what started as a small project turned into a licensed brand called Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas. Stores began to ask to carry her stationery and greeting cards, which soon evolved into her art and patterns being sold worldwide.
Today, Charlotte artist Caroline Simas continues to sell her art but has decided to focus less on licensing her art. She has been redirecting her attention to the art workshops she leads in her studio and retreats. “It’s been a wild and wonderful journey and I am so thankful to do what I love every day!”
Simas Around Charlotte
In addition to her workshops and retreats, Simas has been busy creating murals and art pieces across Charlotte.
For the lobby of the Passage at The Line, Simas created an interactive art piece titled TRANSFORMED that translated her painting onto stainless steel butterfly wings. The design of the piece was extremely intentional, Simas explains.
“I painted flowers in the wings to remind us of growth while being “rooted” in history. Stainless steel was used for the wings as a nod to the industrial history in South End.” Simas states. “I chose a butterfly for the installation piece which represents the transformation, new growth, development, change and renewal in South End, part of our vibrant city in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Beyond TRANSFORMED, Simas has completed murals for the Foundry Commercial, Lululemon displays, alongside collaboration projects such as the painting shipping containers she worked on with Eva Crawford at The Line.
Each of these pieces has one thing in common. Simas’s desire to create a positive impact on her community infuses each space. Simas purposefully infuses her design with brightness and positivity, hoping to help her art connect with the viewer. She remarks that the most rewarding aspect of her life as an artist is hearing about the positive impact art has made in people’s lives.
What’s Ahead for Charlotte Artist Caroline Simas
As she continues to grow as an artist, Simas is planning to carry on with growing beyond licensing. Specifically, she plans to create more public art with uplifting messages and involving herself in creative collaborations, especially with women-owned businesses. She has plenty of ideas for her future as an artist, but notes that her greatest challenge is “too many ideas, never enough time!”
Living as an artist, Simas has already achieved her lifelong dream of creating art as her job. Simas’s unrelenting desire for pursuing creativity has helped her achieve her dreams. It will continue to do so as she keeps using her talent to create positivity in her community.