Art by Carye VanDerPol Mahoney
Carye VanDerPol Mahoney creates cards, bookmarks, and reprints in a wide range of subject matter. With everything from colorful farm animals to loveable dogs and cats, from vivid florals to rich landscapes, there’s something for everyone.
- Cards are 4.25 x 5.5 inches, blank on the inside, and come with a white envelope. Price per card: $3.00 + tax
- Bookmarks are 2.5 x 8 inches, printed on cardstock, and are laminated for durability. Price per bookmark: $3.00 + tax
- Reprints (Poster Prints) are digital copies of my pieces on glossy cardstock and are 8 x 10 inches, ready for framing. Price per reprint: $10.00 + tax
Visit our online gallery of Carye's cards, bookmarks and prints.
Pastures A Plenty also has a selection of Carye's original art at the on-farm shop. Please contact us if you would like to purchase any of the products you see here or would like more information on additional styles. You can also contact Carye directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to see more of Carye's work or get updates, check out her Facebook fan page.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Like many artists, I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. Art was my favorite subject in school; and even though I wasn't sure how I was going to use it, I chose to major in Art at University. By the time I reached my third year at Moorhead, I decided I wanted to combine my love of art with my other big love, books. Ultimately, my goal is to become a book illustrator.
My art is realistic and illustrative in style with a touch of the fantastical. My subject matter includes animals, people, and nature. I primarily use a mixture of colored pencil, watercolor and ink to create images that are softly textured, while at the same time highly detailed and intensely vibrant. The ink washes add extra depth and an element of mystery. This mixed media approach is quite time consuming so when I want a more immediate result I like to use acrylic paints or chalk pastels.
I feel I've created a successful image when it evokes a mood or memory for the viewer. But I'm even happier with a piece when it seems to have been plucked right from the page of a book, and the viewer can't help but wonder what the story is about. I get inspiration from my obsessive reading habit, my niece and nephews, the farm where I grew up, my love of animals, and my travels.
Born and raised in rural Minnesota, I graduated from MACCRAY high school in 1995. I went on to Minnesota State University, Moorhead, where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Illustration in 2000. After graduation I worked as a graphic designer and freelance artist and illustrator in Fargo, ND. In 2001, I moved to Guelph, Ontario where I became involved with the vibrant art community; I joined the Guelph Creative Arts Association and the Guelph Artisans co-op in 2004.
In spring 2008 I took a whirlwind trip through Europe and came home intensely inspired by the art, history, and culture I saw. I recently moved from Guelph to Platteville, WI where I am looking for local shops and galleries to carry my greeting cards, bookmarks, original works, and reproductions. Currently my work can be found at Pastures A Plenty in rural Kerkhoven, MN and the Driftless Market in Platteville, WI.
I participate in area art shows and sales. I also do commissioned portraits, illustration and graphic design work in a wide range of media. I will be focusing much of my attention this year on developing a website and submitting work to book publishers.