Encaustic and mixed-media painter

Visit Carrie Goller Gallery in historic downtown Poulsbo.



Born and raised on Washington’s tiny Bainbridge Island, artist Carrie Goller recalls being advised as a child to pursue a career in fine art.  A brush with mortality led her to become a serious and dedicated artist.

Once I finally indulged my need to create art, the door was opened and I haven’t looked back.  I’ve been making up for lost time; a bit obsessed.  Art is now a necessity for me. I find true expression and balance in that world, says Goller.

Goller is inspired by simple, sensuous organic forms and the realm of colors, shapes and textures found in nature. Her thoughtful approach to subject matter can be evidenced from her tender still life work, along with a passion for rendering impressionist oils of daily life.  From her Bainbridge Island and Hood Canal studios she transitions within several genres and multiple media, including oil and pastel, as well as ancient mediums such as encaustic (molten pigmented beeswax) and egg tempera.  Goller’s approach tends to be experimental with leanings toward the classical. 

Goller attended Northwest College of Art and has studied with artists such as classical master Juliette Aristides, and plein air artists, Jim Lamb and Ned Mueller.  Her work is held in U.S. and international private and corporate collections and she shows in several museums and galleries in Washington and beyond, including Carrie Goller Gallery in historic downtown Poulsbo, Washington.  Most recently Goller was featured in a solo exhibition entitled Creatures Comfort at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Additionally, Goller was featured on King 5 television news; her works have been selected for the Washington State Annual Collective Visions Gallery Shows and has been featured in national magazine, American Art Collector.  She is one of ten artists interviewed and featured in Encaustic Art, by Jennifer Margell, published in August 2013.  An instructional DVD has been developed of her encaustic painting demonstration and teaching methods and she instructs artists and arts organizations privately.  Additionally, Goller is one of 500 worldwide signature members juried into Artists for Conservation Foundation, a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the natural world.  Goller is thankful for the friendship and generosity of talented nature and bird photographers that share reference photos with her, including Bonnie Block, Renee Gage, Crystal Moore, C J Hockett, Brad Camp, John Dorsey, Guy Sidora, Julie Zickfoose, Eileen Smith, Chad Coleman, Boe Baty, John Dykstra, various bird and nature groups and many others – some befriended via social media such as Instagram, with monikers like Newportbeachtweet (Vikki Amrine), Myhummingbirdheaven (Laura Soffer), Humminglovebirds (Emily Zamora) and BubBoy (Andrew Markey). Without their help, it would not be possible to capture all of the creatures Goller loves to portray in paint.   

As a colorist, I truly appreciate Carrie Goller’s work. She has a wonderful talent for creative combinations that really do engage the eye, says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training.










2005 – Liberty Bay Art School Friday series workshops.

February – Attended Jane Wallis Pastel Portrait 4-day workshop February 2005. 

May – Completed Liberty Bay Art School Color Theory 6 week course 5/17.

June – 6/22 Third watercolor workshop with Bulgarian artist, Stella Canfield.

October – 10/05-present: Weekly workshops at Claudia McKinstry Studio, Bainbridge Island.  


February – Judith Barnett – Oil Portraits – week long workshop.

April – Renowned Romanian Watercolorist, Stella Canfield workshop. 

May – Juliette Aristides Portrait Workshop.

June – Liberty Bay Art School Representational Master Drawing 6 week course (emphasis on old master’s methods and composition via the Golden Mean).

November – Stella Canfield Watercolor Workshop.