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About the Artist
Kara LaFrance is a fine artist and graphic designer, living in Rochester, NY. She is also an acromegaly patient and advocate. Kara was raised in northern New Jersey, where she attended private art classes since childhood and led her to earn a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Though she began a career in graphic design shortly after graduation with a small design firm in Boston that specialized in working with nonprofits, her health would soon take center stage. Kara never imagined her life would include the challenges caused by acromegaly, a rare, invisible-illness filled with chronic pain and physical disability that inhibits her ability to create. Kara’s passion for art has never waned over the years, and she has focused on painting as a private meditation and personal joy. She does not allow the reality of living with acromegaly into her art, but rather focuses on memories and positive feelings that she hopes will speak to those who see her work.