about carrie

My story is a simple one. I grew up in Rock Hill, SC. My parents were both high school Biology teachers, and they taught me to appreciate nature. My fascination with space and science fiction brought me to Huntsville, AL. I graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. Following college I was employed by various companies as a web programmer, graphic designer, and art director. In 2002, I launched my own business, ChromAddict.

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

Inspired by mid-century modern and art nouveau design as well as fabric patterns and quilts, my work is infused with color, pattern, emotion and precious details that capture the spirit and essence of things I love. I work primarily with colored pencils, but often combine them with wax crayons, acrylics, watercolors, and gouache.

"Regal Cheetahs", 20" x 16", mixed media
SOLD - "Curious Raven", 10" x 8", mixed media
SOLD - "Shuttle Sunrise", 9" x 12", mixed media
"Restful", 7" x 5", mixed media
"Vanishing", 8" x 10", colored pencil

It takes many layers to build up the vibrant colors and amazing details I’m looking for. Washes add depth and touches of metallic paint add fun and whimsy.


Details are done with traditional colored pencil techniques. My works emphasize our shared connections and experiences to my subjects. We all have a story, and our stories are better together.


My studio is located in historic Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, the largest privately owned arts center in the U.S. I also have a home studio. My husband, two boys, and six cats understand that often my work will take over every flat surface in our house. There’s always a cat sleeping in my favorite chair, and a Lego where I least expect it.


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.