Artist Portrait: Debbie Carroll

Debbie Carroll, WEST 2019 - Austin, Texas

Debbie Carroll, WEST 2019 – Austin, Texas

Rounding out the last of my Artist Portraits from WEST 2019, we have Debbie Carroll. I first met Debbie at Liz Potter’s booth. I later went to Debbie’s booth to make this photo.

I’m not versed enough in different artistic styles to properly categorize artwork, but I like Debbie’s paintings. There’s a slightly abstract, whimsical, pop art look to her work without looking like a comic book. She also features deeply saturated colors that I find pleasing — modern and fresh while also blending into traditional settings.

While I made all these portraits at the same West Austin Studio Tour event, I shot them on different days. The tour runs on the weekend for two successive weeks. I also made small 4×6 prints of all the portraits and gave them to artists on the last day — a quick stop before I went out to Taylor for my friend Mike’s wedding anniversary get together.

One of my goals this year is to create more photography related physical items, whether it be a book, small prints or large framed wall art. I think artists, in particular, appreciate the physical and giving prints was a small, if not time-honored, way to share.

Debbie Carroll’s work can be found on her website.

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4 thoughts on “Artist Portrait: Debbie Carroll

  1. I know you don’t like me saying it but your portraiture really is your strongest work. You’re quite skilled at it. It’s something I never felt I was any good at myself. You seem to excel in this area.

    1. Thank you, Mike. I think I’m getting better and I’m trying to make portraits of different people to get more experience. You’ve always said kind things about my portraiture, but I’m surprised that you think it’s my strongest work. Perhaps its what resonates with you the most?

      1. Well, your portraits are what stand out to me in your stream of postings. I don’t know if portraiture as a photography genre necessarily resonates with me. I do appreciate good portraiture though, since I know that it is a difficult and specialized skill. It’s certainly something I experimented with at times and found that I’m frankly not very good at it. Then again, I’m not sure I’ve found anything in the art that I’m particularly good at! 😉

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