Cara Cara by Deborah LaFogg Docherty

13th Annual ARC Salon (2017-2018)

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Cara Cara


33.02 × 20.32 cm | 13 × 8 in


"Cara Cara was created by using both pastel pencils and hard pastel sticks on archival pastel paper. Working from the black of the paper to the lightest parts of the piece, stroke by stroke.

My subject—the crested caracara—is a handsome bird often found along roadways feeding on carrion in Central Florida. This puts them in danger of being hit themselves. They are hawk-like and will supplement their diets with small creatures and insects. The crested caracara are shy birds and I’ve had to pull over suddenly while driving just to get a glimpse of them. I chose to paint this bird because of its striking beauty.

I often can be found off the beaten path looking for wild hidden treasures to bring to light through my work. I’m dedicated to helping people to understand and appreciate the creatures among us." – DEBORAH LAFOGG DOCHERTY