southern creatives: Carrie Pittman

 

I'm so excited to share about today's southern creative. Artist Carrie Pittman is one of the sweetest and most supportive people i've met in this field. She is so encouraging, and SO talented. Her artwork is taking the world by storm. You can find her pieces hanging in homes all over as well as in many prominent commercial locations and restaurants. You'll see from the pictures below, she interprets color and movement on the canvas beautifully. Read on to learn more about Carrie! 

 

tell us a little bit of your backgorund. when did you realize that you wanted to be an artist? I always wanted to be an artist as long as I could remember. I always loved to create and make things and give them to people, to make them happy. Someone told me at some point, that artists didnt make money so I kind of gave up on it and thought I had to do something else. I started painting about a year and a half ago out of free time and personal expression. I never intended for anyone to ever see my art or buy it

what are your favorite mediums to work with? acrylic, oil, watercolor, and I love experimenting with creating texture

where do you turn for inspiration? God first. Just like anything when you try to force something it usually doesnt work. I pray for inspiration, ask God to open my eyes around me and use my feelings to inspire my work. The more I let go, usually the “better” the result is. 

what are your goals for the future of your art? just to keep painting and hope that my work brings beauty inside and outside to others 

do you have a favorite among your pieces? i dont have a specific piece but my favorites are favorites because of HOW they were created. They were done over and over again, sometimes several layers, lots of frustration but determination to keep going until I was satisfied. When I think about challenging times in my life, I think about these pieces and the process and it reminds me to be patient…...beauty is coming!

advice for others who are pursuing a career in art? be yourself. dont get caught up in what others think, what will sell, what is popular. Be true to yourself and you will develop your own following

how do you balance your creative passions and raising a family/home life?i dont! im incredibly inconsisant but surround myself with patient, stable people ! ha! 

how do your family and/or friends play a roll in your art?my family and friends have been tremendously supportive. Its great to have people believe in you whether or not they “get” what you’re doing or not. Having people speak into your passion is one of the best feelings in the world

describe your personal style. free, abstract, spiritual, sporatic, bold, deep  

tea or coffee? flars or heels? dogs or cats? breakfast or dinner? lots of coffee, i hate flats unless they are flip flops, dogs over cats, dinner

favorite vacation spot. beach, islands

what things are always packed in your carry-on bag?  im extremely simple, i dont like anything unnecessary. Id have one debit card, one credit card, one natural lip gloss, a journal, pen, and my phone. At some point id look for a magazine

what are you looking forward to this summer? change of pace and the sun