Artistic Excellence 2015 | Honorable Mention: Carrie Waller

Japan

Carrie Waller, Perfect Medicine, watercolor, 18 x 35.

Carrie Waller, Perfect Medicine, watercolor, 18 x 35.

What inspired your winning entry? I am addicted to painting glass. For this painting I experimented with layering bottles to get all kinds of colors filtering through the bottles. All of these layers of glass allowed for a kaleidoscope of colors to come through. I cropped in close to the lettering of the bottles because I thought that the star of the painting was the lettering—so many beautiful colors were being caught by the raised-glass lettering.

How would you describe your style? 
Realism with an abstract twist.

What artists, living or deceased, have influenced your work? I have studied with Paul Jackson and Carol Carter. I was drawn to Paul’s amazing glass work and Carol’s use of color.

What is the best advice you have ever received? To stick with one medium and master that medium.

What is one thing you will never paint? Never say never. But I can’t ever see myself as a plein-air painter.

You are currently living in Japan. Where is your studio? It’s busy at my house because I have two little boys, ages 6 and 9. But I try to paint as often as I can. Since we live outside of Tokyo, we have cramped quarters, so I paint in my living/dining room. I leave my painting area set up all the time, so I can grab half an hour here and there.

When you are not painting, what do you enjoy doing? I love to travel. We currently live in Japan because my husband is in the Air Force. Being in the military has allowed us to live and travel all over the world, and I am so grateful for these opportunities.

What galleries represent your work? Boswell Mourot Fine Art, Little Rock, AR, and Miami, FL.

 

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