A multimedia artist with a primary focus in encaustic painting. Retired from a career in Special Education and Therapeutic Recreation where she utilized art in therapeutic and educational activities. She enjoys exploring possibilities in every medium; looking beyond what is immediately evident, reveling in the exploration of color combinations and textures and employing materials in a variety of ways. She is a member of The Blue Ridge Arts Center, The Art Connection at Keowee Key, the Anderson Artist Guild, and the North Georgia Art Guild.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Carolinas, the arts introduced themselves as storytellers early in Carrie’s life. Her family, rooted in musical traditions and open hearts, allowed Carrie to venture through materials to find her method of telling her story in ceramics. Following two residencies & assisting demonstrating artists through the South Carolina Clay Conference, she is pursuing an apprenticeship with Michael Kline in Bakersville, NC as a part of the Penland community.
Chrissie has been a middle and high school art teacher for 25 years. She began her ceramics journey in 1999 while living in upstate New York and teaching high school ceramics and studio art. She is a 1991 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in art education. In 2001, she returned back home to Indiana and Ball State and participated in the ceramics program and pottery guild for 12 years. During that time she was also teaching high school ceramics at Yorktown High School. Chrissie currently teaches art and ceramics at Robert Anderson Middle School.