Stories Must be Shared..Carrie Schmitt-the Artist
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. ~Leonardo da Vinci
I met Carrie through the online world in 2010 in Kelly Rae Robert’s course Flying Lessons, Tips and Tricks to make your Creative Biz Soar. She participated in my first giveaway and since then I feel as if we were long time friends. I love to be a witness of her creative journey along with her family adventures.
Carrie Schmitt began painting after developing a life-threatening allergy to heat in 2009. While stuck inside for months one sweltering summer in Cincinnati, she pursued her dream to become an artist, picked up a paintbrush and began experimenting.
Art was her therapy as she struggled with the limitations of her heat allergy. No longer able to spend time outdoors in her beloved garden, she began painting flowers instead of planting them. In retrospect, she now sees her heat allergy as a gift that forced her to follow her authentic path as an artist.
Since then, she has moved to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy a more temperate climate and now paints daily basis in her home studio. Her paintings are known for their bold use of color and vibrant energy.
Her artwork has been displayed in galleries, shows, festivals and stores throughout the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. She has enjoyed teaching art classes for people with Alzheimers and sharing her love for intuitive painting with them. In addition to painting, Carrie is a writer whose work has been published in print and online publications, including several art-related websites.
My paintings all begin with inspiration from flowers and the natural world. Starting with the organic shapes and colors found in nature, I let the paintings emerge and reveal themselves over time and through layers of paint. I work from a place of intuition and trust in the creative process.
I’m increasingly interested in embracing the wildness in paintings as opposed to a polished look that is so prevalent in the digital era of design. Once I begin to like a painting, my approach is to preserve as much of the carefree elements as possible—the brushstrokes, drips and unintentional acts. Perfection is not as important nor interesting to me as the explorative journey of creating and maintaining a handmade, human quality.
My work explores the intersection of color and form and the feeling they invoke thru elements of balance and the unexpected. My hope is that viewers are surprised, delighted and energized through my artwork.
Here are a few of the most recent work.
I have always loved her flower paintings but also was vey attracted to the owls she made in Juliette Crane’s Online course. I loved them so much that I was motivated to enrolled in that course. You can learn more about Carrie and her artwork on her website and blog HERE. You can also visit her Facebook Page HERE
Hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. Please take a look at the Spectacular Giveaway I am hosting in the previous post with a few of my work and the possibility of winning a spot in my upcoming e-course Mixed Media: From an Original Art to Multiple Products. Information on the e-course is HERE
More stories to shared each Thursday on my blog. Stay tuned for next week’s artist and friend Kelly Thiel.
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