2013-03-14 / Front Page

Andrews-Carrico Credits His Business And His Family For Giving Him An Artistic Start

by Laura Lynn Leffers
Special to the Spencer Evening World


John Andrews-Carrico is shown above with his painting of a vase – unnamed, because he rarely names his work. (Courtesy Photos) John Andrews-Carrico is shown above with his painting of a vase – unnamed, because he rarely names his work. (Courtesy Photos) John Andrews-Carrico approaches art as if his paintings were a series of studies, rather than museum-bound masterpieces. Seen here with his painting of a vase – unnamed, because he rarely names his work – he described the acrylic painting as a study focusing on the contrast of light and texture.

“If you think you’re at a certain level,” John said, “you can’t afford to make a mistake. But if you approach your artwork as a study, you’re attempting to catch just a piece of it, and there are no mistakes. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you just have to start.”

His large landscape shown below right, done in acrylics, could be called a series of mistakes, he said. “But all of them added texture, and it’s pleasing to the eye. So, it’s really built from several evolving experiments.”

The framed acrylic titled “Poppies” (shown below left) was also a learning experience. John, who considers himself a student, credits this painting with teaching him to make intuitive calls within the artistic choices available.

John, the owner of Carpet Care Plus for over thirty years, credits his business and his family for giving him an artistic start. He and his wife Emily, a quilter, have traveled the quilt show circuit for decades, and he’s always enjoyed the mosaic quality of the quilts. Over the years, he became adept at recognizing shades of color. “Grooming carpets,” he said, “trained my eye to texture and contrast, as well.”

His family has encouraged him with painting lesson “gifts,” for the past few years. John holds a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Indiana University, but has gone “back to class” at both the John Waldron Arts Center and the Owen County Art Guild, thanks to the numerous gifts of art lessons he’s received. He studies art at home, too, poring over as many as thirty library books at a time.

“Barb Bauer, my painting teacher at the art guild, engaged me,” John said. “She has a ‘let’s go’ attitude, sold my first painting, and set me on my goal of becoming a garage-band artist. I would love to see more people try to do whatever they think they can’t do.”

John Andrews-Carrico’s work will be on view with the All-Member Show at the Owen County Art Guild through early April.

Andrews-Carrico can be reached by phone at 812-327-2016, or by email at emandjohn75@yahoo.com.

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