Rokes received her B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York. Carla has been teaching studio art at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since 2003. Her areas of concentration are Drawing and Design. Courses taught include: Art Appreciation, Introduction through Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design, Professional Art Practices, and Independent Study at the graduate level.
In her current body of work she explores contemporary surrealism and figurative abstraction. Her paintings and drawings involve mixed media including layered digital images, acrylic paint, marker, graphite, and enamel on canvas and paper. Recent work also involves direct animation on clear leader film and found footage from 16mm film stock layered with digital video.