Kara Bigda graduated from Amherst College with a fine arts degree in 1991 and has worked in both education and the insurance industry. In 2008, after 10 years of employment as an art teacher in the Quabbin Regional School District, Kara resigned from teaching in order to focus her time on painting. After experimenting with acrylics, design, collage and printmaking, she committed herself to watercolor in 2011, concentrating on painting simple yet beautiful vignettes found in every-day life. Kara prefers clayboard as her substrate of choice. Her paintings are treated with a UV Protective finish and can be framed without the barrier of glazing. For this reason, her watercolors have often been mistaken for oils.
Kara continues to paint, blog, teach watercolor to adults as well as exhibit her work in various juried shows and solo exhibitions. She continues to think of new ways in which to use her fine art watercolor paintings, which can be found on notecards, giclees, belt buckles, calendars, fabric and other gift items. In 2016 she designed and self-published an adult coloring book, Coloring Peace, A Fine Art Coloring Book.
Kara enjoys her days painting in her home studio, nestled in the beautiful country landscapes of Central Massachusetts and spending time with her husband, Dan and their two dogs, Teddy and Delilah