Born 1975, American Carrie had the pleasure of growing up in Southern California, hot summers and warm glowing colors forever romanticized their way into her work. She graduated with distinction, in the fall of 1997 from Art Center College of Design where she studied with such luminaries as Burne Hogarth, Harry Carmean and Richard Bunkall. Shortly thereafter, she took a position as an artist apprentice with famous Impressionist Aldo Luongo. A short year later, Aldo sponsored her to develop a body of her own work. Carrie's first opening was in coastal Cambria, California in 1999, and a success. For the next decade, Carrie traveled the world, showing exquisitely developed oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Her admiration for figure and form, juxtaposed with observations of light and shadow, and steeped in a fascination with composition materialized in hundreds of paintings.
Carrie has become a collector of modern works, has taken up a hobby of designing and building furniture, and is an ardent advocate of architectural preservation. She volunteers at The Institute for Survival Through Design and works with Dion Neutra on art projects, book readings, and public relations. When she's not painting, of course! "I think that it's important for me to realize that things are coming together -- skill, observation, and consideration. As an artist, I pursue what will give me the greatest satisfaction and joy, a communication filled with discovery and triumph. What's in a medium? What's in a subject matter, or style? I am currently studying the concept of beauty, and why we find something so. What is preconceived, and what can be edited? I always knew, and now fully realize that function always takes a form, not as a conquest but as a lover. I appreciate the opportunity to exhibit this intimate process itself as the art."
Coming out of Southern California, Carrie Graber is considered to be among the most talented, exciting and well-collected artists in the market today. With her warm tones and exquisite control of illumination creating a perfect composition of light and contrast, Carrie captures the beauty and subtlety of familiar environments, which are often overlooked. Her soft, realistic but also bold approach warms the viewers' senses and creates a feeling of intimacy. This is the link between Carrie and one of her main influences, Dutch master painter Vermeer.