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Carrie Pearce

Artist Statement

"The underpinning of my work is the story. I guess you could say I am a “Story Painter of Half-truths”. I aim to create an image that has never been seen through Imaginary Realism. I enjoy digging stories out of my brain and creating a new world on the plane of two-dimensional panel."


Carrie Pearce was born in Peoria, IL in 1969. She has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Her earliest memories include a Walt Disney light-up table and asking her mom to draw her pictures as she described them to her. Carrie's first major inspiration came from Ann Adams, an artist who drew with a pencil between her teeth. At the age of 6, Carrie was amazed at her ability, and tried to duplicate her drawings with and without a pencil in her teeth.

Carrie attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia which she earned her B.F.A. (graduating with Honors) and she is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts there. In 2007, after seeing DaVinci’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, she declared, “I want to paint like that.” Her paintings can be described as imaginary realism. Although dedicated to the 16th Century techniques of the Masters, she also finds room for the occasional scribble, inspired by children’s drawings.

Pearce describes her work as emotional portraits rather than portraits of people. The people are inspired by turn of the century photos that she finds at antique stores and estate sales. Carrie's work has been featured both nationally and internationally in shows and publications. She is a ""Living Artist"" with the Art Renewal Center, a website dedicated to revival of realism in fine art. Carrie was one of the finalists for The Bennett Prize 1.0.