Hi! I'm Carissa.

Quiet and introverted by nature, I grew up escaping into my inner universe—a world full of wonder and possibility. 

I was called too idealistic and impractical, but now I see those qualities as strengths. If you don’t believe in your own vision—even on a canvas—when will you ever create it?

After graduating from the University of California Davis in 2008 and having a series of uninteresting jobs, I realized the “normal” career path might not be for me. I dove head first into following my passion for creating without knowing where it would end up or if it was realistic. It all started with a doodle about 8 years ago - read the full story here.

Since then creating art has become a representation of my urge to be bold and take a chance—to be myself and stop asking permission. I hope to inspire you to do the same.



Fun facts about me:

Interests besides art - UFOs. Aliens. Spirituality. Unseen worlds/dimensions. Remote viewing, consciousness. All things conspiracy :)

Fav TV - Star Trek: Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space 9. Stranger Things. The OA.

Things I like to ponder - How nothing exists without contrast. That life is a beautiful mess and to fully embrace all parts of experience. Does anything “exist” without a consciousness to perceive it?

Fav music to listen to while painting - Phutureprimitive (think alien/futuristic/robotic sounds)

Coffee addict

Kickboxer and lover of extreme fitness workouts

Self-diagnosed loner - more time for painting! ;P

Meyers Briggs personality type - INFP

Star Trek Uniform for Halloween  :)

Star Trek Uniform for Halloween :)

"This young woman is a lovely human being and was a wonderful person to meet. Her artwork is vibrant, colorful and full of expression. I purchased quite a bit of art. Support her, she's great!"

-Nadine Flowers, collector

"Upon opening the package, tears instantly came to my eyes. The art was as beautiful (prints and original) as when I first laid eyes upon Carissa's work in Venice Beach on vacation... I can't wait to display all of her beautiful works of art… Artists need encouragement and support, I would do anything to reassure her that her art is worth continuing to make."

-Karen LebBlanc, collector

I made "Cultivate Your Creativity", a coloring book of 5 of my hand drawn designs with some simple tips for you to start practicing creative flow. Get it sent straight to your e-mail inbox when you sign up below for my e-mail list, along with occasional doses of inspiration and art.