Carrie Harper is a mixed Media artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Carrie is a student of all things Art and Spirituality, in fact she believes that those things are one and the same. Carrie is inspired by Frida Khalo, Georgia O’keefe, Somerset Studio and her guardian Angels. Most of all she is amazed and inspired by her children.
Carrie Harper studied at The Alberta College of Art and Design in the early 1990’s and through the experience she discovered a language of creativity. She appreciated learning a sense of self as well as technical skills. Art school fed right into her fascination with many creative modes and she immersed herself into any medium available; textiles, ceramics, photography, drawing, art history and more. As a painter her childlike love of process shows up in her mixed media work. Carrie uses collage, paint, drawing materials as well as other unexpected mediums. With each she discovers another facet of art making.
For Carrie art is the experience of expression rather than slotting into specific medium or subject.
Carrie believes, good art is not necessarily pretty or appealing, the purpose of art is not always to decorate or please. In our world it is art that sets culture, community and the hum of how we live. Art is never a finished work; painting, poem or play. Art is the story of human connection and the way we come together around those things.
Recently, Harper has built a cultural hub called heART school at 375 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna (conveniently located above Starbucks). There are seven artists working from the space and countless musicians, poets and dancers that visit and inspire. heART school runs workshops, cultural events and listening nights. 2013 has been an astounding year for growth in arts and heART school is proud to be a part of it all!