Carolina Fernandez is an Author, Artist, and Arts Advocate whose life work occurs at the intersection of “creativity and…”
While raising four kids, moving across the country to eleven different homes with the dog, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs and Russian dwarf hamsters in tow, she found, especially looking back, that those years held a lot of material for humor and encouragement for others. She wrote about them in her first book, ROCKET MOM! 7 Strategies to Blast You into Brilliance. More than two hundred original published articles followed; they have been syndicated by over 60,000 unique online sites, blogs, newspapers and magazines. Her stories have been published in six bestselling anthologies, and she has been quoted in such publications as NewsDay, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Nickelodeon, BottomLine Personal and Advertising Age. She has appeared as a guest on dozens of radio and television programs across the country, including NPR, the FOX Business News program “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s morning talk radio program.
Her second book, Country French Kitchens, (Gibbs Smith Publishers) was inspired when she couldn’t find the resources she needed to design and install an authentic Country French kitchen of her own. Her house has been included on house tours and was featured on the cover of Connecticut Home & Garden for its “kitchen with personality.”
Her third book, Palm Beach Panache: Infusing Island Style With Serendipitous And Re-Imagined Finds, releases on November 16, 2015. As a room-by-room guide, distinct design preferences ubiquitous to the Palm Beaches, as well as its unique palette, patterns and textures, are explored, with homage to the demands, as well as the revitalizing qualities, of the ‘Sun, Sea & Air.’ With more than two-hundred full-color photographs and rich text, Fernandez walks you inside twenty-two homes, fifteen local shops, and gardens and galleries to help you translate the light, energy, and freshness of this island lifestyle into your own home, and inspires you to design and decorate—and indeed, to live!—with exuberance.
She recently left a career on Wall Street, where she worked as a Financial Advisor to Creative Professionals, in order to devote herself full-time to the arts. A fourth book, What Color is Your Purse? attempts to explain personal finance and investing principles to women and creatives, employing visuals as teaching aids. She believes that most current books written about finance are as dull and dry as saw dust, and she hopes to change the financial literacy of artists and creatives by indulging a creative take on this most important subject matter.
As a visual and performing artist, she has undertaken projects ranging from hooking rugs to painting in oils to singing onstage in Carnegie Hall. She has developed strong convictions about the role of the arts in child development, and remains committed to inspiring creativity in people of all ages. She is Editor-at-Large for ARTES Magazine, an e-magazine celebrating fine art, architecture and design, and is a features writer for venu, a print magazine celebrating contemporary culture.
Carolina believes that ‘art changes everyone’. Trips to disenfranchised communities in the third world have inspired a long-percolating interest in the role of art and culture on emerging economies. Central America, particularly Cuba, and sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Rwanda, hold the strongest interest for arts advocacy. During a recent trip to Rwanda (November 2014), Carolina taught painting to a group of students in the remote village of Save, along with two of Kigali’s most prominent working artists. Discussions of another trip to Cuba to create public art in a pediatric cancer center are ongoing, with hopeful execution in 2016.
Carolina believes that creativity is the silver bullet, and works passionately in this area in order to effect change. Adopting the “doing well by doing good” business model, she tries to put into practice the many guiding principles of social entrepreneurship, understanding that change comes when vision is attached to commitment, clarity, energy and creativity.