I’m Carrie Louise Wood.
I am an artist and witch.
Sometimes I use paint and ink, sometimes a camera, and sometimes words. I started drawing in the third grade and was the kid that noticed everything: people’s quirky habits, bits of energy floating through a shaft of light, the undercurrent of emotion in a room. I have always felt things very deeply, and that fuels my work – and my outlook on the world. I believe in everyday magic and in sharing raw emotion to make connections that matter. In my 20s, depression kept me from painting for nearly ten years. During that time, I used my camera as therapy, documenting my depression through self-portraiture. Some of these photos appeared in two exhibits in New York City dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. One of the photos was also featured in a related article in the New York Times.
In the spring of 2014, I began painting again after an experience that was like a supernova explosion in my brain that I’m still not sure is real. Since then, I’ve used acrylic and a combination of watercolor and ink to put what I see on paper. I’ve learned that I am gifted in capturing the essence of people, whether using photography or paint. My art has been featured on several websites and printed publications, as well as being a featured artist in several local art shows in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas. I believe there is magic to be found in the simplest of things, but the spark I find in people is what drives me. My life is about honesty, wholeness, making friends with the darkness, connection, and living outside the box. I live in Kansas with my wife Rebecca, three kids, two dogs and two cats where we make our own rules and strive to make every day an adventure. You can find a great sampling of my work in my Etsy shop.
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