Carrie Baxter is from Northwest Illinois and also works out of central Indiana. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio painting and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Carrie has exhibited throughout the Midwest in juried and group exhibitions.
Carrie’s artwork references elements of nature by focusing on the rare, overlooked, and often disregarded. She also incorporates texture into her artwork in order to create a psychological struggle within the viewer. Although traditionally it is socially unacceptable for viewers to physically feel a work of art on display, her textured paintings provoke an overwhelming desire to reach out and caress the surface to qualm the viewer’s curiosity to feel the ridges and grooves of the media. This desire places the viewer at an impasse where they have to decide whether or not to control their tactile impulses by restraining their desire to experience the artwork on a physical level.
"My artwork references elements of nature and the relationship people have to the environment. Humans live on this planet, along with all other life, both flora and fauna; therefore, it is important to remember that we all share this world. Nature is powerful and can be resilient, but human beings continuously leave their mark even when not physically present. Therefore, it is essential for us all to recognize how we impact our surroundings and thus the world that we live in." - Carrie Baxter