Carrie Pearce was born in Peoria, IL in 1969. She has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Her earliest memories include a Walt Disney light-up table and asking her mom to draw her pictures as she described them to her. Carrie's first major inspiration came from Ann Adams, an artist who drew with a pencil between her teeth. At the age of 6, Carrie was amazed at her ability, and tried to duplicated her drawings with and without pencil in her teeth. Carrie attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia where she graduated with honors.  In 2007, Upon seeing DaVinci’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, she declared, “I want to paint like that”. Her paintings can be described as imaginary realism.  Although dedicated to the 16th Century techniques of the Masters, she also finds room for the occasional scribble, inspired by children’s drawings. Pearce describes her work as emotional portraits rather than portraits of people. The people are inspired by turn of the century photos that she finds at antique stores and estate sales.

Carrie's work has been featured both nationally and internationally. She is a "Living Artist" with the Art Renewal Center, a website dedicated to revival of realism in fine art. Her work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, "When artists paint themselves". 


Visits to her studio in Peoria, Illinois are welcome. Contact for an appointment.



Savannah College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1991 cum laude

Presidential Scholarship 1989-1991



2019 The Bennett Prize, Muskegon Museum of Art 

2019 Art Palm Springs, Simard Bilodeau Contemporary

2019 LA Art Show, Simard Bilodeau Contempory

2018 Cory HelFord Gallery, 5th art collector group show

2018 Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Simard Bilodeau Contempory

2018 Affordable art Fair, London Battersea, Decorazon Gallery

2018 Affordable Art Fair NYC, Decorazon Gallery

2018 Sweet Nothings, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, IL

2018 The New Romantics, Cory Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Surrealism group show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2018 Visions of Venus, Zhou b Art Center, Chicago

2018 La Art Fair, Simard Bilodeau Contemporary

2017 Affordable Art Fair London, Decorazon Gallery

2017 Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Decorazon Gallery

2017 Affordable art Fair New York, Decorazon Gallery

2017 Emergance, Peoria River front Museum, Peoria, Il

2017 Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California

2016 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, Fl

2016 Sacred and Profane, Signature Galley, Atlanta, Ga

2016 Phantasmagoria, OKAY Spark Gallery, Norfolk, Va.

2015 Playthings, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, IL

2014 Pearce Pearce, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria, Il

2014 Among Roses, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2014 Arc International Salon Finalist.

August 29, 2013 - October 6, 2013, “Unbridled”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2013 Arc International Salon Finalist,

2013 Art Kudos Finalist, International Competition,

2012 Arc International Salon Finalist

June 2012, ongoing, Arc Living Artist, website presence

October 2012-March2013, “Ciao and Friends Invitational”, Peoria Riverfront Museum

October 2012-November 2012 “Vernissage”, Prairie Center for the Arts

September 2012 Peoria Fine art Fair, Award of Excellence

February 2012-April 2012 “Curious Children”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

May 2011 “New Works, Carrie Pearce”, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

October 2010 “Speechless”, Eureka College, Eureka, IL

Maison Faurie, 115 A East Plaza, Taos, New Mexico

September 2010, 48th annual Peoria Art Guild, Fine Art Fair, Award of Excellence

August 2010-August 2011 “Art Kudos”, International online competition,

June 2010 “Junction City Art Show”, Peoria, Il. Second Place

August-November 2009 Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Il

October 2009 Lincoln Show, Peoria art Guild, Peoria, Il

July 2009 “Members only” Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Il, First Place

June 2009, Vagnhall Gallery, Bishop Hill, Il.

November 2008, “Pet Portraits”, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Il

September 2008, “Drawn Together”, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Il.

July 2007, “Rhapsody in Bloom”, Luthy Botanical Gardens, Peoria, Il

1996-1999 City Market Arts Center, Savannah, Ga.

1996-1999 Arts on the River, Savannah, Ga.

1996 St. Simon’s by the sea, St. Simon’s Island, Ga.



2019 Create Magazine, International Women’s Issue

2019 American Art Collector, The Bennett Prize

 2019 Hey Hey Hey Magazine

2018 High Fructose

2017,  American Art Collector, Figurative Focus, Collection of Steven Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt

2014,  "When Artists Paint Themselves", March/April, Fine Art Connoisseur

2013, "Carrie Pearce's portraits reveal the horses' personalities", by Carola Lott, The Millbrook Independent

2013, "Unbridled Works", by Leon Graham, The Lakeville Journal 

2012, “After The Opening” October, Inter Business Issues, Peoria, IL

2012 “Art Lives in Central Illinois” Arts Partners of Central Illinois

2012 “A Passion for Art” March, Numero , Peoria, IL

2011 “Art That’s Strange And Strangely Beautiful” May 26, The Lakeville Journal

2010 “Pearce and Pearce” September, Peoria Journal Star

2010 “ Why are We Scared of Ugly” September, Boulder Daily Camera

2010 “Timber to Table Top” Arts and Society”, January

2009 “Members only” Peoria Journal Star, July

2007 “Blended Palettes” Peoria Journal Star, September

2005, Jubilee Advocate, February

2004, “Art from the Heart” Peoria Journal Star, February

1999, Savannah Literary Journal

1998, WTOC News Channel, Savannah, Ga., May

1998 Savannah Magazine, May/June

1997 Coastal Arts and Antiques, January

1996, The Georgia Guardian, September

1996 Coastal Arts and Antiques, September



2017 Award of Excellence, Winter Park, FL

2017 Best in Show,  Hot Works, Asheville, SC

2014 Finalist ARC International Salon

2013 Finalist ARC International Salon

2013 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild

2012 Finalist ARC International Salon

2012 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild

2011 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild

2010 Award of Excellence, Peoria Art Guild

2010 Second Place, “Junction City Art Show” Peoria, IL Judge Preston Jackson

2009 First Place, “Members Only” Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2007 Third Place, “Rhapsody in Bloom” Luthy Botanical Gardens, Peoria, Il.

1996 Honorable Mention, “St. Simon’s by the Sea” St. Simon’s Is., Ga

1987 Congressional Art Award, First Place