The inspiration to create is one of the many gifts and responsibilities Carri Colvin holds tight to her heart with overflowing gratitude.  She didn’t always listen to the desire within, and perhaps that is why she is intensely enthused to inspire others to explore, not ignore, creative lures.  A magical world with immeasurable potential awaits, and the vehicle is the creativity within our own imaginations!  


Heeding the creative call, Carri established The Creative Spectrum in 2001.  For 20 years, she has counted it a tremendous privilege to adorn walls, ceilings, furniture, and more with a plethora of decorative finishes.  Her motto is, “If it is paintable, I’ll paint it!”  Her greatest passions are inspiring others to find hope in all things through artistic expression and encouraging little ones to “think BIG thoughts” through picture and story.  Keep your eye out for The Faithful Father and Balloons in my Brain! picture books which she aspires to publish in 2021.  Carri is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Society of Illustrators, the United Arts Council of Collier County, and Word Weavers International. 


When Carri isn’t creating, or calling others to do the same, she can be found biking, rollerblading, or at the beach with bated breath awaiting the elusive “green flash”!  She calls radiant Naples, Florida home. 

"We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small."

- Dwight L. Moody

At 10, I found my "happy place" in a workshop for kids at the Hallmark HQ. I dreamed of making cards for them, and made this one for my precious parents.

Artist statement:

The most important “job” we have is to discover our interests and talents, develop our gifts, and share them with others.  I believe wholeheartedly that every facet of our lives is used, where in the end we will see a magnificent design beyond what we could create on our own, and nothing is wasted! 


To inspire others to see possibilities and create with the blank paper, primed canvas, blob of clay, bucket of beads, plank of wood, . . . and within themselves!  Encouraging little ones to understand they were created for a purpose, pay attention to their natural bend, and develop their gifts is of paramount importance.  The work we are created to do is serious business, and seriously fun!