Q & A: Carrie Goller

From her picturesque studio in Port Ludlow, WA, Carrie Goller paints sprightly birds and curious farm animals in rich colors. Her light-hearted creature paintings and playful spirit inspire us year round.

How would you describe your style?

It varies; for this artist – exploration is oxygen. 

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

A very wide range; from birds and creatures to sea/landscapes, still life, abstract, the list goes on… I cannot be boxed in. 

What medium(s) do you work in?

Encaustic, oil, egg tempera, watercolor, a little acrylic now and then, some sculpture once in awhile. I require variety.

How has your process evolved?

I want to keep learning and growing, studying, and taking workshops to improve. It always starts with a spark; an idea. And then I am pretty determined to express it in some way. If I go more than a few days without creating, or seeing art, I become antsy. Right now I am forcing myself to use a limited palette and working more from life. 

What got you started creating art?

I had a bout with cancer, which turned my life upside down. I started creating portraits of my young family so I had something to “leave behind” for them; however, I got well! Then I started getting portrait commissions. Next I was asked, “Do you paint anything besides portraits?” So I started painting giant still life oils (pears, apples, pomegranates) and the next thing I knew, I had print contracts and galleries came calling. No more paralegal work! I felt like I had been let out of a dark basement and I have been making up for lost time ever since.  

What artists influence your work?

So many – Andrew Wyeth’s work fascinates me, but Gustav Klimt is the ultimate. How did he do it????  

"Exploration is oxygen."

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