Carrie’s paintings are exhibited regularly at a number of galleries and venues across West Yorkshire, and her artwork has been selected for collections in UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to original works of art, she also offers premium signed prints and greeting cards in different sizes, available through this website.



w-Solitude-16x12Carrie has had a passion for art since she was a child, and currently works from her studio in Halifax. She has trained with some of the leading national and internationally acclaimed artists, who have influenced the development of her own personal style. She says “I think it is important for an artist to keep learning and refreshing ideas – it’s an exciting journey.” Born and brought up Yorkshire, she is fascinated at the play of light and colour that completely changes the appearance of the environment, its people and wildlife. “So many great artists have tried to capture the fascination of light in their work – it is, I think, one of the most transformational aspects of any painting. I am constantly striving to reflect the impact of light and colour into my own work.”



Carrie’s artwork leans towards illustrative and contemporary, rather than traditional photo-realism, as she explores expressionistic loose styles, which bring out the colour, light and atmosphere or essence of her subjects. She paints in all water-based mediums: oils, acrylics, pen and ink; she is drawn to the purity and translucence of watercolour for its freshness and sheer radiance that produces such magical effects when paint and water mingle on the paper to shape the image in exquisite ways. She is also fascinated with the unique, exciting results of working with Brusho of which she says “I can well understand why these water-based powder crystals have been described as “little pots of magic”. More recently, she has been working with mixed media, especially for more abstract/semi-abstract artwork.


Being a keen photographer, she has turned her hand to digital art too. “I know thew-Lost-in-Wonder-16x12re is a theory that artists should find, and stick, to one style ……. but, for me, that would be like only buying one type of sweet from the sweet-shop and missing out on all the other treats.” She uses professional artist quality paints and paper such as Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Saunders Waterford or Bockingford. Her brushes range from the finest Kolinsky sable and squirrel hair mops to an old decorators brush, feathers and twigs! But she says her best inspiration is the beautiful and fascinating world around us.


Other products carrying her designs/paintings, such as canvas, acrylic and metal prints, as well as cushion covers, iphone and ipad covers, clothing, tote bags and many other items are available through Fine Art America at: www.fineartamerica.com/artists/carrie+mckenzie or through RedBubble at: www.redbubble.com/people/carriemckenzie. You can also view Carrie’s work on her Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Carrie.McKenzie.Art.