Cariña Booyens, born 1977 in South Africa, studied at University of Tshwane, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2000. She majored in Printmaking and while completing her Bachelors degree enrolled in a Photography Course at the Market Photo Workshop. Here she learned how to use her very first camera purchased with funds from gifts she received for her 21st birthday.
She later worked as Project Manager, Project Assistant and Curriculum and Logistics Assistant to the Director of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg until she immigrated to the United States.
After a short stint in banking she realized that her first love, creative expression, was indeed what she wanted to do with her life and enrolled in a drawing intensive at the Georgetown Atelier under the tutelage of Holly White-Gehrt.
Her current work focuses on the expression of the internal landscape which finds its vocabulary in Nature. In this current body of abstract paintings she develops a visual language which describes a world which is seen with the emotional eye. The work are uninhibited expressions of what the artists has come to know as “flow”.
Cariña has worked as an event photographer, Summer Camp Arts & Crafts Director, muralist, published and exhibited photographic images while managing projects that teaches/facilitates visual literacy to underserved and under-storied communities. Cariña loves to help individuals discover and tell their own stories through facilitating creativity workshops.
Cariña occasionally writes poetry, sings classical repertoire and can be found driving a bus for King County Metro which she does for money while she figures out the mysteries of running an art business.