About Carrie

Carrie Alderfer grew up in South Carolina and now lives and creates full time in Huntsville, AL. She works in her home studio and in her studio at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment.

Artist and designer Carrie Alderfer working in her studio at Lowe Mill ARTS

Her work focuses on the joyfulness of color combined with the beauty of animals, plants, and the world we live in. She loves details and adds color to her compositions to bring them out.


Carrie is influenced by historical design, especially art nouveau and mid-century modern. She loves capturing a feeling of awe and appreciation for the world around us. Her drawings tell stories of special moments, living life in full color, humorous situations, and the sacredness of nature.


Carrie works primarily with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, but also uses acrylics, watercolor pencils, ink, and wax crayons. She creates her works on various surfaces including paper and cradled birch panels. Cradled pieces are carefully sealed with 6 layers of a water-based UV protectant.


It takes many layers of colored pencils to build up the vibrant colors and amazing details Carrie’s works are known for. Washes of acrylic paint add depth and touches of metallic paint add fun and whimsy.


Carrie’s work has been included in publications such as “Colored Pencil Magazine”, “Ann Kulberg’s Color! Magazine”, “Art Galleries and Artists of the South”, Strokes of Genius 6, and Colored Pencil Dogs & Cat. She was the Featured Artist in the 2016 Spring Edition of the Strathmore Artist Newsletter. Exhibits include Colored Pencil Society of America’s International Exhibition, Special Merit Awards in various exhibits on Light Space & Time Online Gallery, and regional art festivals and juried shows.