Cayla Zeek is from Lafayette, LA and graduated in the Spring 2015 at University of Louisiana with a visual arts degree in painting. Zeek first moved to New Orleans to study film, but then decided she could not escape her passion of painting and returned to Lafayette to finish her degree. Her art is characterized by mixed media layering process with watercolor, pen, charcoal, acrylic and oil on paper or canvas. She gathers inspirations from her many travels, birds, children’s literature, mythology, as well as her experiences growing up as a woman in Louisiana.
Zeek was the recipient of the Visual Arts Spark Award and Outstanding Student Award from University of Louisiana as well as other scholarships that have been key in her pursuit of painting. She has shown her artwork through many exhibitions hosted at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and in other galleries of Downtown Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, and New Orleans.
She works as a designer/illustrator and has started growing her own hand-drawn illustration business under her middle name, Mattea’s Hand. After attending the National Stationery Show in New York this past May, Zeek’s designs are currently carried in stores all over the nation and even Australia.
Recently, she has also taken a full time position as a Middle School Art Teacher at Ascension Episcopal School where she inspires young minds to get excited about art-making. In her spare time she enjoys singing and practicing the ukulele.