Carrie Baxter grew up in Northern Illinois and currently lives and works in 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’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the Midwest.
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 has become socially unacceptable to physically touch artworks on display, her textured paintings provoke an overwhelming desire for the viewer to reach out their hands and feel the work’s surface in order to physically experience the textures. This desire places the viewer at an impasse where they have to decide whether or not to control their tactile impulses. The curiosity provides the audience with an additional form of experiencing the artwork.