Hey, I'm Carly

I love to beautify spaces, connect with people, and get plenty of sunshine.  I love making and eating good food, doing home improvements, serving in my church, and staying physically active.  The ocean, nature, and warmer seasons give me inspiration for my work.

I've loved art for as long as I can remember.  I have always loved creating something new that wasn't there before.  This process of getting my creative flow again has been very rejuvenating, healing, yet also challenging.  I started painting a couple of years ago after some seasonal depression and burnout.  I had the thought that I should try my hand at painting againIt took quite a while for me to build up enough confidence to act on this thought. I hadn’t painted much of anything since high school. When I finally picked up my brushes, I wasn’t impressed with my end results.  I think I painted 50 paintings before I liked even one.  So, if you are starting something new, and you stumble around a little bit, remember that’s normal and all a part of the process.  As time went on, I began to believe in myself again and I felt renewed confidence in my artistic abilities and that confidence began to show up in my pieces.

I love being around people, I love connecting with people, and I love helping people.  A vacation without my family or friends kinda sounds miserable.  When I get out in nature or go to the ocean, I feel at peace and inspired to do more and to create more.  Much of my art begins with a trip, a hike, or a long walk.  Art can serve as a representation of our values, our priorities, and can bring beauty where there was none.  Art can bring the feeling of peace into our homes, especially when it is otherwise hard to find.  I try to express peace, love and gratitude through my art.  I also try to keep it a little abstract as a reminder to keep life simple, and eliminate clutter and distractions from our spaces.  When we can simplify and eliminate mental and physical clutter, we can more clearly focus on the beauty in front of us and what is most important.  My goal is to not paint exactly what I see. This invites the viewer to use their creative mind to decide what they see.

For a time, I thought I would just quietly paint and keep it to myself as a creative outlet.  However, somewhere in my journey, I had the thought that if I kept my art to myself, I wouldn't be able to share my talent with others. I felt strongly that it was time for me to be vulnerable and use my art to connect with people. Truthfully, I don't love putting myself out there, but I realized I needed to share this beauty and this message with all of you. I believe strongly that we are doing a disservice to God and the world when we do not share the gifts and talents we have been given. There are lives we can lift, people we can bless, and happiness we must share.  So, here we are! Welcome to Carly Andelin Fine Art. I am honored to share my art journey with each of you.