I know that some of you may have already seen Carrie Waller and her amazingly realisitic watercolors here around the blogosphere. Carrie visited my blog for the first time a few months ago and that led me to her site and the opportunity to view her work. I was immediately impressed and she has been kind enough to agree to a little Q&A here so we can learn more about her. Carrie is not only very talented, but has a great deal of warmth and is consistently there to show her support for other artists and bloggers.
Where were you born?
Indianapolis, Indiana, I only lived there for a year, we moved a lot. I have lived in Dallas, Texas, Houston, Texas, Alexandria, Virginia, Carterville, Illinios, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Since I've been married, my husband is in the Air Force, so we have been stationed at Ramstein, Germany, Charleston, South Carolina, Dayton, Ohio, and currently in Montgomery, Alabama.
What is your artistic background /schooling?
I have a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, from Southern Illinois University, however, I have studied Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
What are your earliest memories of being involved making art or wanting to be an artist?
I didn't really have an interest in art until I was in the 3rd grade, our art teacher entered a collage I did into a Texas Rodeo and I won 1st place. A light bulb went off, and I thought maybe I'm good at that. Ever since then I have been creating.
What inspired you most as your subject matter?
Living in Europe really has been my biggest inspiration. Being around so much history and beautiful art was very motivational. We traveled so much I have years of material to pull from. I've also recently gotten into paint still life paintings. I love finding objects that are beautiful whether I find them around the house or at a flea market I love the challenge of a still life. That's is what I love about being an artist, we evolve and change and I can't wait to see where the inspiration comes from next.
What are some of your favorite things or things that are essential to your success/well-being as a person and artist?
My family is so supportive. My husband is my biggest supporter, he refers to himself as my patron:) I spend a lot of late nights painting and I'm lucky that everybody is so cooperative. My boys are still young 4 and 1, but my 4 year old paints with me and we have really bonded during his process. I just started my blog last January and that is when I started seriously painting again. I made a commitment to create a painting a week and I have stuck too it. I thought I would be burned out by now, but I am extremely driven and can't wait to see what next year will bring. I have to say the blogging world is fabulous. I have met people from all over the world and have several friends (pen pals), we support each other and the feedback is invaluable. That has been my biggest surprise over the year, just meeting such wonderful people and fellow artists. I have big plans for this year. I've launched a website and will be incorporating a monthly newsletter in addition to my blog.
Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Japan, I've always been fascinated with the culture. With my husband being in the Air Force this could become a reality. I would love to live in Europe again, but I will say that anywhere we live is an adventure and I can find inspiration anywhere
What are the most challenging things for you about being an artist?Their names are Steven and Sam, my 4 year old and 1 year old. They are my biggest challenges and the best thing that has ever happened to me. When you have little guys it's hard to have a strict schedule you have to be able to roll with the punches. So I end up painting into the wee hours of the night, so if you see me around and I have huge dark circles under my eyes you will know why. Also I can be my own biggest challenge. There are times when I get completely discouraged and unsure of my talents, I think everyone goes through bouts of self doubt. At the end of the day I just keep painting.
Thank you so much for letting us into your world a little, Carrie. Please check out Carrie's website .
You will enjoy it!