American Painter


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. Art has been an integral part of her life since childhood, as has her sense of wonder, both of which can be seen in her work.  Her first memorable inspiration came from the artist Ann Adams (1937-1992), who’s disability left her able to only draw by holding a pencil in her mouth. This attraction to the unusual, the unexpected, is a common thread in Pearce’s person and practice.  She graduated cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1991, where she had received a presidential scholarship.


Pearce’s imaginary realism paintings are personal, each containing a world in and of themselves.  However they also lend themselves to tradition, influenced by 16th century techniques of the Masters.  Her interest lies in stories—of people, nature, events, et cetera and she occasionally gathers inspiration from turn of the century photos.  These stories may be dipped in truth and embellished, or completely unique and fictional. As such, creation is a two-part process for Pearce.  First is the evolution of the story and the world in which it takes place, and second in the conveying of this story in a way which leaves it intriguing and mysterious yet with a suggested narrative.  For the viewer, Pearce’s paintings may also be digested in two parts.  First in the initial enjoyment of whimsy, technique, and overall aesthetic distinction, and second in the perception and understanding of the narrative, however it might unravel to the individual viewer.


Ultimately, the pleasure in Carrie Pearce’s paintings is intertwined with the apparent retention of her childlike wonder, which encourages the viewer to also get back to that place.


Pearce has exhibited across the USA, and in many publications and media outlets.  Her work has garnered nearly 15 various awards such as Best in Show at Hot Works South Carolina 2017, and early on in her career- the Congressional Art Award, First Place.  Recently she has shown at Art Palm Springs 2017 and Los Angeles Art Show 2018.

To view a full selection of Pearce's available work, please visit our Artsy page.