Carrie’s work is characterized by a heavy impasto and a sense of urgency and joy. She paints with a palette knife, building up a deep surface that in her words, lets her “capture the wild energy of wind and waves and mountains and sky”.
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Carrie’s story is amazing with stumbles and falls and yet with perseverance that has led to joy and a life that she describes as “quiet and sweet.”
She says, “I worked for 25 years as a reporter, copy editor, page designer and executive editor at newspapers across the country. I started painting in 2006, when I was 50. We were living in New York, and I was the Sunday editor of the Times Herald-Record, an 85,000-circulation daily in the mid-Hudson Valley.
“My mother died in July of that year, and her death broke me. Months and months went by, and I simply could not recover, could not get my stride back.
“So in November, when the idea came to make a painting of our dogs to give to my husband for Christmas, I grabbed it. I was looking for anything that would help me cope, that would bring me back. From the first stroke of the brush on the canvas, I knew that I’d found what I was supposed to do. I loved it. And that first painting was miraculous.I took a drawing class, and a beginning oil painting class, and I kept painting.”
When Carrie exhibits and sells at outdoor art festivals, she often photographs her patrons with their new purchases. What is readily apparent in every one of those photographs is the elation they feel at owning a Jacobson original.