Carrie Pearce’s 16th-Century Inspired Portraits of Children

The strain of fanciful realism found in Carrie Pearce's oil paintings calls upon both 16th-century masters along with the drawing mode of the kids she's depicting. The artist says that she paints "psychological portraits," rather than simply portraits of individuals. She says that her paintings are"aimed to amuse you and convey events real or imagined through paintings, improvisation, and embellishment."

"The underpinning of my work is the narrative," Carrie states. "I guess you can say I'm a'Story Painter of Half-truths.' I aim to make an image that has not ever been seen via Imaginary Realism. I enjoy digging stories out of my brain and producing a new world on the plane of the two-dimensional panel. It's a story, Every individual, animal, and object came from somewhere and conveyed its history just like a ghost. Maybe this is why I am drawn to the haunting, turn of the century photographs for my subjects. Where did you come from? What became of you? They rarely answer..."