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It’s with a beaming ecstatic heart that I welcome you to Watercolor Misfit!  It’s crazy to think that this entire business idea was born  nearly 5 years ago from the worst videography on the planet – YouTube video.   But with constant support from my husband and business partner, Stephen – whom this never would have been possible – and in addition to my awesome FAN BASE (ALSO KNOWN AS MISFITIANS) – I’ve ended up with my dream job! However, it wasn’t an easy trek.

I was born in Florida, a child of the 80s.  I love anything to do with Super Mario, cassette tapes, and even those old 80s music vibes.  At a young age, my family moved to South Carolina – where I’ve lived ever since.   Fast-forward through my awkward teen years, ballet intensive training, music loving piano lessons, and several bad art school teachers.    I graduated from Columbia International University in 2009 with a Masters of Arts in Teaching – for early childhood and elementary education.   However, upon graduation – our state had a mandatory hiring freeze – forcing me to find employment elsewhere.  That’s when I began offering tutoring and art classes as a side job just to pay the bills.  Around this time, I met my my best friend and now husband at a church ministry event.  From there things seemed to fly and before I knew it we were married.   But I have to say, life wasn’t fine and dandy like a bunch of roses after marriage.   Shortly after our wedding, my health began to take a turn for the worst.  It was then, I was diagnosed with a condition called PCOS.  For years, I had apparently lived with the condition – unknowing.   It basically meant that somedays I would live in excruciating pain – where as others I would appear completely normal.  I also found out that due to the condition – my husband and I couldn’t have kids.   As a result of all of this, I lost friends, my job, and sadly even my enthusiasm for life itself.   I felt isolated and alone.   However, it was during my darkest moment that my husband came up with the idea of uploading a solitary painting to YouTube once a week – just to keep me motivated and optimistic.   He bought me anything I needed – and anything we couldn’t afford – he helped me rig something (like a tri-pod stand that could film upside down).   🙂   What started off as a weekly hobby, soon grew into the budding business and my full-time job.  Not only that – but I get to work with my best friend in the whole world – my husband!

Although, life isn’t perfect – and I still have bad weeks every month.   I’m thrilled to have a job that allows me to connect with others in similar conditions or those who just love watercolor as much as I do! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit me here and Please feel free to email me anytime at [email protected], or find me on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM.  Or you can check out my YOUTUBE channel.  Still can’t believe I’m nearly at 100K Subscribers.

Thank you so much for reading 🙂

10 Comments

David Richard December 10, 2016 at 5:42 am

Carrie, first off thank you for sharing. It is always so nice to get a glimpse into the person behind the paintings. (even though youtube puts your face out there) Secondly, I always look forward to your videos (also Steve Mitchell’s and Angela Fehr’s) it tells me to not take my art so seriously and to add whimsy to my paintings. Last (but certainly not least), it makes me happy that an artist that I admire is a Christian. I pray that this new direction of the concentration of making your art a career will blossom. Thanks again. .

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Mignom Prider December 10, 2016 at 7:19 am

Hi Carrie,

Just wanted to tell you I ‘LOVE’ your new banner – the line of animals are so adorable, & I love how you have arranged them with your ‘Watercolor Misfit’ name – well done – you are sooo clever.
Love your work 😀

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Misfit December 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Thanks! 😀 It really happened by chance. I stumbled upon the new type while trying to update a Facebook header. Weird how things work out 😉

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Paula December 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I really appreciate your spunk and that you always look for another way when things don’t work out…Psalm 139 teaches us how God made each and every one of us and therefore we are one of a kind! He really threw in a little extra when he made you! You are so special…

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Misfit February 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Thanks Paula 😀 This made my day! I’m just now starting to get back into the groove of things. Took longer than expected to get back on my feet 😀 Hoping for a better 2017! 😀

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Geslina February 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Life sometimes leads us down mysterious paths, but you are very lucky, because who wouldn’t want to do what you are doing? I was able to make a living as an artist when I was younger, but it wasn’t a very stable life financially – more like feast or famine. Back then I didn’t concern myself with things like health benefits, or investing/saving money. I decided to go back to college and pursue REAL career. Now I have health benefits. I have some money saved. I’ve got job security, even a 401k plan and some other modest investments. But, I’m worn out from the stress of my job, a 40hr plus work week. I’ve got very little energy for art, and that makes me really sad.

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Daniel Ankele May 2, 2017 at 5:08 am

Dear Carrie,
I really enjoyed your bio and how your faith grew stronger through the trials. As David said above, I admire that you are a fellow Christian and not ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ. God bless you!

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Myra Arnold June 16, 2017 at 9:43 am

Hi Carrie , thanks for your bio. I’ve been enjoying your videos for a while now and it’s good to get to know you better. I’m a Montessori preschool teacher and am just learning to watercolor. Do you have any ideas for teaching wAtercor to little kids? Also I like your “Beautiful ” piece. Could you put that on etsy?

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Liz Marks-Eddy September 6, 2017 at 8:32 am

I just want to thank you for sharing your story, you are a true inspiration! I too struggle with health issues on a daily basis ( 2 neck surgeries, a lot of arthritis, and now having my thyroid removed within the next month or two) and cannot work. Both my boys are grown, and I’m finding myself in a funk and feeling kind of empty. So I’m thinking about going back to some of my all-time favorites… Painting, jewelry making and possibly some woodworking ( if I actually have it in me )!! Lol So i’ve been watching tons of YouTube videos on “top paints to use” beginning wayercolor videos, and so on. I came across one of your videos yesterday and really loved you! After watching a bunch of different artists, listening to them and seeing their art, I went back to looking for you again! Just like you say about everybody having their own specific needs with art supplies etc., you were the person that fit my personality! You’re very upbeat, give just the perfect amount of information and when I saw your own artwork (when you were demonstrating different inks), I just knew I would need to keep following you! Thank you so much for sharing, I am truly amazed that you are a self-taught painter! You have such an incredible gift and heart! I can’t wait to see more of your videos and receive your newsletters! I will definitely share your site, everything about you is fun, easy, and pretty much laid back! Some artists are dry, very picky about “their” personal preferences, and can be intimidating! You’re perfect for beginners and advanced painters! I hope and pray that This journey you’re on with sharing and teaching art turns into everything you’ve dreamed about! God has definitely blessed you with so many gifts, and like I’ve always told my sons, “sharing is always better!” Again thank you so much for sharing and truly inspiring me! Liz ?????????

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Misfit September 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Aw thanks Liz! So sorry for your health struggles. But I’ve been learning these struggles make me stronger and more relatable. I mean who likes a plastic person that has everything together anyway 😉 Lots of love to you Carrie

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