Being inspired to create is one of the many gifts and responsibilities Carri Colvin holds tight to her heart with overflowing gratitude.  She believes a magical world with doors of immeasurable potential awaits and the vehicle is the creativity within our own imaginations!  She didn’t always listen to the passion within, and perhaps this is why she is intensely enthused to inspire others, especially impressionable little ones, to explore, not ignore, creative lures. 


Heeding the creative call, Carri established The Creative Spectrum in 2001.  For 18 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 desire is to inspire others through both picture and story—to encourage little ones to “think BIG thoughts” and find hope in all things.  Keep your eye out for The Faithful Father and Sorry Sabo! A Squirrelly Series picture books which she aspires to publish in 2020.  Carri is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Word Weavers International. 


When Carri isn’t creating or calling others to do the same, she can be found in her favorite writing and reading chair with her faithful Maltese companion, Sophia; gardening, biking, rollerblading, and walking trails with her best friend and daughter, Chloee; or on the beach with cherished friends, a watercolored sunset, and 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

Artist statement:

I believe the most important “job” we have is to discover our interests and talents, pursue 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! 


I am passionate about inspiring others to see possibilities and create with the blank paper, primed canvas, blob of clay, bucket of beads, plank of wood, . . . and within themselves!  


I aspire to see people gather in time of story, and connect through sharing and discussion.  I find paramount importance in encouraging little ones to understand they were created for a purpose, pay attention to their natural bend, and develop their gifts.  The work we are created to do is serious business, and seriously fun!

When I was 10 years old, I found my "happy place" in a workshop for kids at the Hallmark headquarters in Kansas City, MO. I dreamed of making cards for them one day, and made this one for my precious parents.