Born and raised on Washington’s tiny Bainbridge Island, artist Carrie Goller recalls being advised as a child to pursue a career in fine art. A brush with mortality led her to become a serious and dedicated artist.
Once I finally indulged my need to create art, the door was opened and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been making up for lost time; a bit obsessed. Art is now a necessity for me. I find true expression and balance in that world, says Goller.
Goller is inspired by simple, sensuous organic forms and the realm of colors, shapes and textures found in nature. Her thoughtful approach to subject matter can be evidenced from her tender still life work, along with a passion for rendering impressionist oils of daily life. From her Bainbridge Island and Hood Canal studios she transitions within several genres and multiple media, including oil and pastel, as well as ancient mediums such as encaustic (molten pigmented beeswax) and egg tempera. Goller’s approach tends to be experimental with leanings toward the classical.
Goller attended Northwest College of Art and has studied with artists such as classical master Juliette Aristides, and plein air artists, Jim Lamb and Ned Mueller. Her work is held in U.S. and international private and corporate collections and she shows in several galleries and museums, including Carrie Goller Gallery in historic downtown Poulsbo, Washington. Goller was featured on King 5 television news; her works have been selected for the Washington State Annual Collective Visions Gallery Shows and has been featured in national magazine, American Art Collector. She is one of ten artists interviewed and featured inEncaustic Art, by Jennifer Margell, published in August 2013. An instructional DVD has been developed of her encaustic painting demonstration and teaching methods and she instructs artists and arts organizations privately. Additionally, Goller is one of 500 worldwide signature members juried into Artists for Conservation Foundation, a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world.
As a colorist, I truly appreciate Carrie Goller’s work. She has a wonderful talent for creative combinations that really do engage the eye, says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.