Carley grew up in a rural Victorian town, studying art throughout high school. After finishing high school she moved to Melbourne and completed a Visual Arts Diploma and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT.
When she finished uni she spent a year traveling overseas, visiting some of the world's greatest galleries and experiencing different cultures. This brought Carley back to Australia with a new enthusiasm and passion for art.
"I have always had a passion for art but over the past few years I have felt a need to express who I am and my beliefs in what I am painting. I have been a vegetarian for over ten years and have strong feelings towards the way humans treat animals so I use my art to encourage people to think about how their actions affect animals. I like to incorporate colour and pattern into my work as it inspires me and keeps my work positive and bright. My other passion has been sourcing recycled frames and surfaces, not only am I reducing the impact my practice has on the environment, I love that I am adding to the history of the frame and giving it a new life. I use transfers in my work because I feel the image represents the fragility of the situation, it shows how endangered species are here but are also almost gone."
Thursday 25th July to 8th Aug 2013
Opens 25th July
Retrospect Galleries in collaboration with Marvel Street Gallery presents KEEP YOUTH. Opening July 25, in conjunction with Splendour In The Grass, Keep Youth is an exhibition advocating the art of never growing up! Photography, painting, street art and installations celebrating the creative adult or more aptly, the grown child who survived to adulthood with their imagination and ability to play intact.