[Picture is of my Sweetheart David and I on our 20th wedding anniversary!]
I am a self-taught artist with a preference for figurative realism and pseudo realism, although I like to let loose once in a while and do a more free-form piece.
The samples below are not trio pieces, and go back as far as my junior high days where I took my only art instruction under Jerry Kimball.
Although I thoroughly enjoy carefree creativity in my art, I personally feel my figurative realism is the ultimate expression of my talent, so I naturally gravitate back to this style on a regular basis. Between such pieces, though, there’s usually something experimental. That’s partly why I chose to do themed trios: it sets a rule for identifying my work, yet allows me continued exploration.
You’ll also notice below a couple pictures of wooden jigsaw puzzles. The miniatures (we’re talking palm size to-scale puzzles! YES, they are challenging, but fun to assemble , called Puzlet Gems, are a venture in progress. As I adore classical art, and prefer to use it for Puzlet Gems, it may eventually find a place for distribution through LPH. We shall see. (Update, July ‘07: I have added a Puzlet starter set to the Gallery offerings.)
Samples by Carrie Charley, or C. Charley-Franzwa (depending on pre or post-marriage in 1985). Coming soon I will also have collaborative works with my best friend and husband, David, on his poetry site, www.TheSwashbuckler.com . You’ll love his “written artwork” blog! David’s poetry is clever, warm, and often funnier than heck.
On a more personal note: I eat, sleep, and breathe horses, though I have yet to own one (soon, soon, soon!). I also love antiquing, re-creating old-fashioned wooden jigsaw puzzles (full size and Puzlet size), and costume designing and sewing, especially elaborate Victorian wear. I also teach faith principles and religious tolerance at http://www.squidoo.com/spirittalk/ .
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