Carrie Louise is a creatrix and catalyst. 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 magick and in sharing raw emotion to make healing connections and provide a glimpse into a journey of self expression.
In her 20’s, 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 magick 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 magick 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 two books for Mathieu Cailler. In addition, she created The Starry Cauldron Tarot deck that is available in her online shop.
Carrie lives in Northeast Kansas and dedicates each day to following the voice of the Muse.