Carrie was born and raised in Nogales Arizona. She moved to Maine in 2004. She comes from a very creative family and a mother, who taught and encouraged her to play and explore with many different mediums of art.
After a few years of experimenting with different art forms, Carrie found mosaics in the fall of 2001 after watching a British gardening show which featured a ceramic mosaic artist. Watching her make the mosaic so intrigued Carrie, she decided to give it a try but wanted to use glass instead. A six week stain glass course taught her how to cut glass and gave her the basics for mosaics. To get a better feel of what mosaics are all about, she took several courses on mosaic technique and studied with professionals across the country. She then found her own technique and style for her mosaics.
Carrie founded Nature's Mosaics in 2002. Her primary focus has been on nature, with its simplicities yet mysterious complexities. Her eye for composition, vision for color and light and her attraction to shapes, textures and design enables her to create extraordinary images of ordinary and common subjects. She gathers her information from the natural beauty that surrounds us in nature. Carrie is drawn to glass because of the textures, colors and how every piece of glass has it's own personality. Many of her pieces has its beginnings from a flea market or garage sale. She loves to work with old and used items and then breath new life into them. Another passion of Carries is to experiment with found objects or items gathered from nature, such as rocks or pebbles, wood, rusted metal, beach glass, sea shells or bottle caps. She also has added fused glass as a medium so she can make her own tiles for her mosaics.
Each mosaic Carrie makes is a one-of- a-kind mosaic. Some of the items may look similar but no two items are alike. Each mosaic is designed, fabricated and installed by Carrie for residential, commercial and public areas.
You will find examples of Carrie's work at Maine Art Glass Studio in Lisbon Falls, Maine, Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport Maine, and Fishbones Restaurant in Lewiston Maine. Carrie lives in Auburn Maine with her biggest fan and dog, Bear.
Northern Arizona University Bachelors in Business Administration Major: Marketing December 1986
University of Arizona Bachelors in Fine Arts Major: Graphic Design, Painting and Illustration December 1996
Mosaics and my glass artwork are my passion. It is my key into the beauty and mysteries of the world that surrounds us. It took me a while to find mosaics but from the beginning, the process of transforming glass and other found objects into a piece of glass artwork is so magical. Over the years that magical process has had it's way with me, leading me from a hobby to a fine art. Mosaics fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity and has proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality.
I work on my mosaics from the inside out. Though I work deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my unconscious is the undisputed project manager. It has the final word.
The nature of this work frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished product.
Recently I discovered some childhood drawings: simple, crayoned scribbles that resonate deeply with my mosaic work. Inspired and invigorated by a renewed sense of continuity, and awed by the mystery of how creation occurs, I am now working with richly varied glass and exploring new materials with many patterns, textures and colors. Once completed, the piece forms an always new medley from which my glass artwork has taken on a new life.