Artist Carrie Lacey Boerio in her studio

How do you find inspiration?
Carrie Lacey Boerio: For me, flowers are the ultimate visual inspiration with their exquisite colors and forms. Emotionally, they offer me even more. I spent much of my youth at my aunt and uncle’s nursery and greenhouse. It was a place of natural beauty and unconditional love. This converges with my love of color to make me inspired by every garden and bouquet I see. I paint my own flowers from life and take hundreds of reference photos everywhere I go.

How did you develop your unique style?
Carrie Lacey Boerio: As a self-taught artist, I seek instruction and experiment on my own. To paint the radiant, stained-glass colors in flowers, I’ve discovered the intensity of acrylic inks on a white canvas. In oils, I start with saturated transparent color or apply it as a glaze at the end. I learned combining realism with abstraction in my compositions feels most natural. My flowers are lovingly observed in detail, while the backgrounds are invented or abstracted to support the emotion of the work. My painting process is a meditative one where I enjoy the luxury of taking my time and delighting in my subject. The more I look, the more I see.

To see more of Carrie’s work, visit:

acrylic painting of a rose in a vase, with geometrical background
Carrie Lacey Boerio, The Stage Is Set, acrylic ink on canvas, 15 x 30 in; 2022; available through artist
acrylic painting of multiple flowers in vases, placed by a window
Carrie Lacey Boerio, Fresh-Picked Tulips, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in; 2023; available through artist


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