grew up in Victoria, B.C., in a family and community immersed in the
arts. Her family members include fine artists, photographers/film
makers, theater and film actors, writers, jazz and rock musicians and
composers, all of whom enriched Carrie’s art education.
holds a double bachelors degree in Studio Art and Art History from
Eastern Washington University, and in 2003 earned a Master of Arts
Degree in Interdiciplinary Art History Studies. Her Master’s
degree coursework took her to Nice, France, where she lived for two
summers studying the language, culture and art. Much of her color
and texture inspiration comes from her exposure to the rich, earthy,
sun-drenched hues of the Porvencal and Rivera landscapes.
Spring semester 2004, Carrie was one of two Washington State Community
College instructors awarded teaching positions in Florence, Italy,
where she taught Art History and Drawing classes for a group of
American college students. While living in Italy, she was heavily
influenced by the dramatic chiaroscuro and idealized figures of the
Italian Renaissance and Baroque Master Works that surrounded her.
seventeen consecutive summers, Carrie has spent two to four weeks
working as a tour guide for custom art and cultural workshop tours in
Europe. Conducted through Eastern Washington University, Spokane
Falls Community College and most recently Washington State
University. Carrie cherishes these study tours as opportunities
to share with participants the art and cultures which have so
profoundly shaped who Carrie is today. She looks forward to next
summer’s trip to Paris, France!
Today, she lives and maintains a
studio in Colfax, Washington. She splits her time between
creating/exhibiting her art and teaching art and design workshops
through several regional art venues and private classes out of her
Carrie’s works start with either a stretched canvas or
wood board applying layers of textures ranging from Plaster of Paris to
concrete patch, cheese cloth, decoupage medium and rice paper, sand,
leaves and a few others. Once the textures are applied, she
manipulates them using a variety of techniques and tools to create the
irregular, bumpy surfaces one sees underneath the color. Next,
she applies the overall coloration. During this process she uses a mix
of artist’s acrylic colors and a variety of tools including; brushes,
sponges, different textured cloths and artist trowels. This is her
favorite stage in the creation of her works as she is intrinsically
drawn to and inspired by rich earth tones and deep color values.
Finally, she draws the image that you see in artist’s charcoal, conté
crayon and/or chalk pastels.