I grew up in an artistic and adventurous family in the Colorado Rocky Mountains - we were always encouraged to paint, draw, take risks, and create! I've been painting watercolors since I was a kid - not by choice, but because it was the easiest thing to clean up. Since then, it's become my favorite medium for its quick application and unpredictable qualities.
My work is inspired by my home in the mountains, and adventures in the Southwestern U.S., and around world.
Maps have always fascinated me. They have the ability to engage, spark conversation, encourage curiosity, and beautifully connect physical landscapes with visual art. While studying in Nicaragua as an undergraduate, I created my first travel map documenting the places, foods, flora, fauna, and landscapes. Since then, I have created maps for clients around the world.
In addition to maps, I have illustrated several children's books, designed personalized invitations and announcements, and other custom illustration projects.
Printmaking is my second love - working primarily in linocut, I also enjoy experimenting with screen-printing, woodblock prints, and monotypes and monoprints.
Environmental protection and preserving our public lands is extremely important to me. I hope my work not only puts a smile on your face, but serves as a reminder of nature's delicate balance and inspires us all to continue protecting our last remaining wild places.
I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband and sassy studio assistant (pictured above). I am taking commissions for custom maps, wedding invitations, and other personal illustration projects.
Contact me via e-mail below, or check out my work on Instagram, @corneliacarpenter_studio
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Where to find mY Work:
- Unique Homes Blog. "Custom Maps and Illustrations Q & A With Cornelia Carpenter". April 13, 2019.
- Lewisburg Linocut Series currently on display at Amami Kitchen and Espresso in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
- Small Wonders Holiday Art Show. Aspen, Colorado. November 2019 - January 2020.