July – August 2020
Takara Canty – Oshun
Thirty-five yr. old classically trained visual artist Takara Canty grew up in Garfield Heights in Pittsburgh PA. Her talent grew from watching her mom paint pictures in watercolor and acrylic, and quickly evolved to an appreciation of color, textures and forms. Inspired by prominent artists like Frida Kahlo, she decided to chase her dream as an artist.
Takara initially went to college to get a bachelor in studio art, but had a hard time working in a main stream studio art class environment. Dropping out shy a couple credits of a degree, Takara started to teach at risk kids art by providing them with non-traditional art projects in art class. Teaching them to
tap into their inner potential and to express themselves and emotions comfortably through their
She has been a professional teaching artist for over ten years teaching at risk youth k-12 grade, curated adult painting classes, painted murals, and installed mosaic pieces on buildings. Takara has had the chance to work with nationally renowned artists like George Gist, Therman Statman and James Simon, and partnered with Archo construction to complete and display installations. She has also done a host of live painting events and art shows curated through “Boom gallery”.
Even though Takara is a full-time master teaching artist, she still finds time to paint, tattoo, weld, sculpt,
sew, draw and create memorable pieces that invoke feelings and appreciation for art.