Duvall resident, C.J. Sellers is a self-taught artist and author of suspense and horror. While living on the outskirts of the D.C. metro area, she began sculpting dolls in 1990, starting with The Frog Prince as a Christmas present for her toddler son. Within three months, she had several commissions and a window at the local gallery, soon followed by crafting work for the City of Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. The influx took too much time away from her raising and providing for her son, so she set it aside for awhile. The haitus stretched into decades, only returning to it when she moved to Duvall in May last year and setting up under the business name Laughin' Puffin Crafts. Whereas her dolls were originally much larger and pieced together from entirely fabric found at thrift stores and antique shops, today she works mainly in small scale using a variety of clays, wool, cotton, acrylic yarn, and whatever fabric and multi-media completes the visual story. Several of her most recent figurative artworks are on display and available for purchase at Studio Beju from September to October. Find more in her Etsy store online at:
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Carrie is an artist, author, and retreat facilitator who began painting as a therapeutic practice after being diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy to heat in 2009.
Today, her art is sold in galleries and in private collections internationally and licensed for clothing, home décor, accessories, toys and stationery.
In 2018, Carrie converted a 2002 Bluebird short school bus into a mobile art studio to have a place to paint and bring art visibility to her community.
Her book, Painted Blossoms: Creative Expressive Flowers with Mixed Media, (North Light Books, 2015) shares tips and techniques to create floral art.
Carrie also teaches workshops and retreats throughout the world. Her art has been featured in several publications, including Professional Artist Magazine and In Her Studio.
Facebook: Carrie Schmitt Art and Design
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