November Artist Carrie MaKenna

Current Artist

Join Denver artist Carrie MaKenna for her art opening! Music will be provided by Janine Gastineau Trio .

Carrie MaKenna Artist Statement

“I seek to give visual voice to our shared experiences of life, love, beauty and nature.”

My artwork has evolved over 30+ years to include rich textures and a delicious color palette of sixteen liquid acrylics that allows me to explore abstracts, landscapes and portraits alike.

I typically begin by creating texture on the canvas using a thick lightweight acrylic paste that allows me to build up any type of surface, and sculpt and sand it before adding paint. I use a variety of implements like spatulas and hand rakes, as well as dried up paint and all kinds of found objects to create additional texture. I like to work quickly and get a lot of paint on the canvas at once, sometimes using my hands to move it around.

My paintings reveal a personal reflection of my interests and experiences over time. My intention is to draw the viewer into an experience of their own memories, thoughts, feelings and hopes and dreams. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and a Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology, as well as a lifelong interest in and exploration of worldwide, universal spiritual studies and a meditative practice that guides and informs my art making. My artwork is in collections in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Austria and the UK.

Matters Of The Heart Carrie MaKenna Molten Glow Carrie MaKenna Impact Apogee Carrie MaKenna

I also teach several workshop series that encourage participants to draw inspiration from within themselves and focus on self-expression rather than specifically how to paint or draw.


I live and work in Denver, Colorado with my husband, Craig and our studio dog Riley.



Naropa University, Boulder CO

Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy

Colorado State University, Ft. Collins CO

Bachelor of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Painting & Ceramics

Carrie MaKenna, MA
Contemporary Fine Art

Abstracts, Landscapes, Portraits and Commissions
720 933-3813


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