Carly grew up with three brothers, a cowboy dad, and an artist mother. She graduated from University of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a major in Biology and a minor in Art. She saw her entire biology career in art: the lines of equations and shapes in anatomy illustrations were moving to her. After college, Carly moved to Colorado to be a ski instructor where she mentored with artists, taught Adaptive ski/snowboard lessons, and eventually spent winters running the local Special Needs ski program. Those kids make her laugh, cry, and create color in her head. The mountains, the feeling of skiing on water + snow - it all changed her life.
The athletes and families taught Carly that through hard work and heart, anything is possible. She was magnetized back to the drafting table; would ski instruct all day and create all night. Carly has never been able to choose just one medium; they all push and inspire the next piece. Currently, Carly's studio is in Farmington, MN in summers and Big Sky, MT in winters and she is honored with every opportunity to photograph, draw, create, and ski coach with Special Olympics.
She hopes to evoke a sort of full-hearted happiness through art.
"I found I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn't say any other way, things I had no words for"