Biography & Statement

Cara Tomlinson (b.San Francisco, USA) is an American abstract painter.  She works in painting and drawing, video and sculpture.

Tomlinson’s work explores tensions between simplicity and complexity, order and entropy, and inside and outside. Her recent paintings present bodies as verbs and processes, exploring heredity, vision, metabolism, waste and sedimentation.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and supported by numerous grants and residency awards including: the Ucross Foundation, Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Willapa Bay Artist Residency, Ford Foundation Grant, Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and two Professional Development Grants from the Portland Regional Arts Council and Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently an Associate Professor and head of Painting at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.