artist, designer, programmer, sci-fi nut, geek girl, baker of pie
Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Carrie Alderfer has been a “color addict” for as long as she can remember. Alderfer was always fascinated by space and attended Space Academy Level II while in high school. That visit would help make the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) her college of choice, and she moved to Huntsville in 1993. She graduated with honors from UAH with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art in 1997. Following college, she was employed with various companies as a graphic designer, web programmer and art director.
Alderfer’s work is characterized by her use of vibrant color and when she decided to start her own business in 2002, she launched it as ChromAddict. ChromAddict is an award-winning design studio specializing in art and illustration, web design and programming, social media customization, and traditional printed marketing materials. Based out of her home studio, Alderfer is devoted to helping small businesses better promote themselves.
When it comes to her art, Alderfer is all about color. She says, “It doesn’t matter the medium or even the subject, my love of color comes through. Color is the focus of my art and I use it to elicit an emotional reaction from the viewer. My goal for each piece is to make someone see something in a new way simply because of color and composition.” Using colored pencils and/or acrylic paint, her body of work is a mix of recognizable subjects and pure delights of color and motion. Her painting, “Old Train, Rusted”, was accepted in the 2013 National Oil & Acrylic Painters Online International Exhibition. She recently had several works accepted in the Gadsden Art Association (GAA) 55th Annual Juried Show and won first placed in Dry Media. She has also received recognition from Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery.
Alderfer’s work can be seen locally at Huntsville Art League and at Art & Soul Gallery | Studio.
“I’m a bit of a geek,” says Alderfer. Her love of sci-fi is reflected in her work and she has become a “retro fanatic,” turning her home into something out of the 60’s…sputnik light and all! She lives in Gurley, Alabama with her husband, two boys and five cats. The cats are all named after cheese…this geek has a sense of humor, too.
For me, it’s all about color. My subject matter varies wildly – flowers, trains, outer space – but my pieces tend to have a mix of realism and abstraction and color brings it all together. I want people to look at my work and see something new or different in something they’ve looked at a million times. Color is so emotional and complicated, which I love. It allows you to bring meaning to a piece in a very subjective way. My favorite mediums are acrylic paint and colored pencil. I think they each fill certain needs in my personality. Painting is very freeing. I often use my fingers as brushes and I love how you can easily add stabs of color. Colored pencil is logical and methodical. The colors are rich and the layering of colors fascinates me. Making art makes me happy. There’s always new things to paint, new techniques to try, and new color combinations to explore. It’s a continuous learning process about yourself and the world around us. And if my art makes a connection with someone else, it’s amazingly special.