Alderfer’s love of nature fuels her work and feeds her desire to express its beauty, wisdom, and relevance. Infused with color, movement, emotion and precious details that capture the spirit and essence of living things, her works emphasize our shared connections and experiences. She weaves stories of family, community, love, loss, and loneliness through her expressive animals and plants and binds us to the victories and struggles of all life.
Her style is colorful and dynamic. Influenced by her work as a graphic designer and her love of the historical art movements of art nouveau, mid-century modern, and contemporary realism, she infuses her pieces with strong lines, emotional colors, and approachable subjects.
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 10, and Colored Pencil Dogs & Cats. 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.