I hosted my first exhibition in December 2021. I have been painting regularly for just over two years and have never had all of my artwork in one place. It was a blessing to me to see it all together for the first time and be able to view how God has worked in my life. Humbling, actually. My live painting experience in 2018 catapulted me into this journey. Something that I never thought possible or desired. When I look at my paintings together, I do not see Carrie the artist, I see God the Creator and Author of all things. They are my visual testimony! I enjoyed meeting new people and reminiscing with old friends that came to support me. It is my hope that I can bring this exhibition out to churches and conferences to give others encouragement in Christ.
When God put this on my heart, I made the decision very fast after being able to use the space. It was not something I had in mind and pretty much avoided doing anything public with my work, but for some reason I felt very compelled to put my artwork out there for display and discussion. I displayed 22 works of art along with the written inspiration that I include with each. For some paintings, I also included a commentary on how I arrived at that message and painting. We purchased easels since I did not have a way to display the artwork before making the commitment to do the exhibition. I am now prepared to do more exhibitions if invited! Please contact me if you are interested in hosting my artwork somewhat locally. :) We are in Janesville, WI. I'm sure my husband would love to travel, though!
As an artist, I love creating. As a Christian, I love creating for God's glory! As I paint more, I am searching for my artistic voice. I spend a lot of time working on abstracts as they help me grow in skill. Sometimes, the pressure of painting something meaningful cramps my creativity and leaves me frustrated, something I know God does not want for me. I will continue on this journey and paint subjects that speak to me. Not all may have a spiritual message, but all will be created with God as a partner! I love to paint God's creation. Nature speaks to me.