What would it feel like to create ANY artwork you wish to make?

Confidently call yourself an artist without going to art school or depending on image references.

Hi, I’m Carrie.

I’m here to help you kick your inner critic to the curb.

If the “can’t do” whispers of your inner critic have you worried about your skill,

I can show you the tools and techniques to build your skill and develop your unique artist voice.

For the ultimate confidence builder join me inside my program Self-Taught to Self-Confident.

This drawing foundations program will help you:

– Improve all the art you create

Keep practicing fun

– Draw what you imagine

– Showcase your unique voice

– Proudly share your work with others

Art does more than change the world: it changes YOU. Today let's talk art, needing permission, and validation

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Self-Taught to Self-Confident Course

WORK WITH ME to confidently call yourself an artist and improve ANY art you create in this comprehensive drawing program.

About Carrie

I help artists create the art they dream of making.

As part of Artist Strong, creatives identify which beliefs stop them from growing into the artist they are meant to become.

For those self-taught students worried about their skill, we teach you the drawing foundations that inform ALL art.

For the confidently self-taught, we begin to break down how to develop a regular art practice as you define (and refine) your unique artist voice.

I am a Mom to a strong, smart 3-year old, a fur-mom to a doodle that’s more muppet than dog, and currently live in Houston, Texas after 13 years in the Middle East and Canada.

When I’m not playing board games with my hubby, I’m baking, reading, and making my own art.

Learn more about Carrie here.

What I loved the most was your authentic and honest way of listening to my questions and giving your feedback…I love that you also discuss the emotions and business side of being an artist. I feel that you care and you have helped me to stay focused.

You are amazing and a true gift for all artists!

Karin Holmström

Thank you Carrie! I have learned so much from you, and the Artist Strong community. Finding you and this group several years ago made all the difference for me to pursue art AND think of myself as an artist, despite the “self-taught” stigma 😉

Pam Serr

In just a short amount of time, Carrie has already empowered me with a variety of resources that will impact the sustainability of my business.

Sunya Folayan

Watch and Read

The Role of Space in An Artist’s Life

The Role of Space in An Artist’s Life

Art and Life Choices: Finding Your Space as an Artist I've always made physical space for my art. It all began in high school when I set up a drafting table and easel in my bedroom after we moved to Long Island. During my college years, I made art wherever I could...

How to Create Art From Your Imagination

How to Create Art From Your Imagination

Do you want to create art from your imagination?  Hi my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists go from feeling stuck in their studio, wondering what’s next, to creating original art they are proud to share with others. Today let’s explore some...

3 Phases of Artistic Expression

3 Phases of Artistic Expression

Over the past couple of months, I've begun research into the wants and needs of the Artist Strong community. And I've come to discover we go through 3 phases as creatives. Phase 1: Thirsty for Information - Foundations or Fundamentals This is primarily a learning...

If you are looking for a place where you can be safe to learn and try new techniques while being supported by other artists then Artist Strong is the place for you!

Leanne Schuetz