Carrie Louise Wood is a healing artist, witch, and energy intuitive. She 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, the language of trees and water. She has always felt things very deeply, and that inner world fuels her work – and her outlook on the world. Carrie believes in everyday magic and in sharing raw emotion to make healing connections and provide a glimpse into a journey of self expression.
In her 20s, depression kept her from painting for nearly ten years. During that time, she used her camera as therapy, documenting her 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 2015, her photography won a Voice of the Year award from BlogHer, which she received in New York City. Photography, particularly self portraiture, has been a vehicle in which to document the journey of being whole.
In the spring of 2014, Carrie began painting again after an experience she describes as “a supernova explosion in my brain that I’m still not sure is real.” Since then, she has used acrylic and a combination of watercolor and ink to put what she sees on paper. She believes art is a deep and potent tool to create a portal into healing.
“I believe there is magic to be found in the simplest of things, but the spark I find in the journey of healing our trauma and getting to the root of things is what drives me,” she says. “My life is about finding the magic in the fabric of the everyday and writing about the bones of that. I have a huge heart for misfits, renegades, and the voiceless.”
In 2015, author Elizabeth Gilbert discovered and shared Carrie’s creation named Myrtle, a half woman, half ostrich full of sass and also reviewed one of Carrie’s published books. Currently, Carrie has published three books and co-illustrated a children’s book, The Underappreciated Life of Humphrey Hawley by author Mathieu Callier, with her wife Rebecca. In addition, she created The Starry Cauldron Tarot deck that is available in her online shop.
Carrie lives in Northeast Kansas with her wife Rebecca, four kids, two dogs and three cats where they make their own rules and make space for each other’s healing journey.