Pop-Up Art Show – July 16th


bird 14 x 14 x 1.5 - Acrylic and gold leaf on 1.5" wood panel

bird 14 x 14 x 1.5 – Acrylic and gold leaf on 1.5″ wood panel

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
4220 Whitman Ave N
Seattle, WA

Please join me for a pop-up art show at the home of Stephanie Kirby and Nick Cooksey on July 16th to view my new series ‘Beauty in Decay’. Sumptuous, light appetizers to be provided by Worobel Foods. Wine provided by award-winning vintners Welcome Road Winery. A good time is promised so stop by for some nibbles and libations and to chat about the new work.

I strive to bring the same kind of earthy complexity the great potters and ceramicists achieve in their work. The chemistry producing natural imperfections in a fiery kiln is something I’m trying to replicate in a cold, one dimensional process. I apply acids, scratch and sand and generally do all I can to give the work depth and emotion. These surfaces convey a natural aging, a beautiful decay, if you will, taking on the essence of stone, water…history. Behind it all is a love for materials, natural processes and arrangement. Making a painting is an exciting thing to do. I hope that comes across in the work.
– Deb McCarroll

A Dee-licious Show at Jars Juice



Now through August you’ve got the chance to cool off with a tasty juice or smoothie while feasting your eyes on some work by yours truly. Jars Juice on Stewart at the foot of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood s a sprawling, airy place with comfy chairs and a laid back vibe. Come on in and find yourself something straight up fresh and delicious for your eyes and your taste buds! Show runs June thru August, 2016.

A Journey With a Wolf


In 1990 I was working in watercolor and creating my own hand embossing in the paper. Back in the day my subject matter was animals and nature and that year I’d painted a wolf on a clean white background with embossed wolf tracks titled, appropriately enough, Tracks.


‘Tracks’ – 1990 – Watercolor on hand embossed paper.

Through the miracle of Facebook I was able to reconnect with the patron who bought that painting and she posted a photo. The piece was so well received I thought I’d revisit the subject matter in my current work style and process.The new painting is titled Ghost.


‘Ghost’ – 30 x 30 x 1.5 – Acrylic and oxidized gold leaf on cradled wood panel.

Ghost detail - A pattern is produced by blocking color into the natural shapes created by scratching into the wet background. Aging the metal leaf adds an organic, earthy appearance, mimicking weathered canyon rock.

Ghost detail – A pattern is produced by blocking color into the natural shapes created by scratching into the wet background. Aging the metal leaf adds an organic, earthy appearance, mimicking weathered canyon rock.

Both paintings were a lot of fun to paint and I found it interesting to see how things have changed and how they’ve stayed the same. Thanks to patron Joyce Lindsay for the use of the Tracks photo.

Visit Artsyo to price the painting. Prints are also available so contact me for sizes and pricing and keep channeling your inner wolf.

Welcome Road Winery – great branding, great wine!


processI had the extreme privilege of producing the art for fledgling Welcome Road Winery‘s fine products. And when the time came for the winery to invite folks into their West Seattle wine room for some tastings, straight from the barrels, I was asked to create a mural for the tight space.

The image was taken from the same watercolor produced for the product bottles and it took just under 3 days to complete. Oh, and no, there was no sampling the product while on the job, though it was a real treat to finish a hard days work with an extremely tasty Welcome Road vintage.

The award-winning winery will be having their spring release party at their tasting room in Woodinville, WA on Saturday, March 26th. Hope to see you there!

The Long Hot Walk: North Street Book Prize finalist


The Long Hot Walk has been selected to be a finalist in the North Street Book Prize, presented by Winning Writers. Winning Writers is an online, one-stop-shop for all things writers and writing. The site was voted one of the best 101 sites for writers by Writer’s Digest. Getting the nod from such a peer institution is both humbling and thrilling. Winners will be announced February 15th.NorthStreet

Long Hot Walk selected as a Nancy Pearl Award finalist


LHW_cover-NPAThere I was at my desk toiling away on something or other when I received the call. “Deborah, I’m pleased to tell you that you are a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Award.” I wasn’t sure I’d heard her. Who was this, really? After some assurance, it was confirmed that the little book that could had actually placed in the top five of the Memoir category for the prestigious prize. I am beyond thrilled to be considered among so many talented writers. The awards dinner is on July 18th, smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s conference. Can’t wait to meet and greet the best and brightest in the field. You can find the book in digital or hard copy form on Amazon or buy from Etsy (hard copy only).

Paramount Hotel Commissions Six McCarrolls for Permanent Collection


It’s raining in the Paramount Hotel in downtown Seattle. Six paintings from the Rainy Ladies series were commissioned and now hang in the hallways on the 2nd and 4th floors. The hotel was searching for water-related original art and the umbrella paintings filled the bill. If you find yourself in need of accommodations, check out this fine local supporter of home-grown art.


Stoned in Love



I’m happy to have a painting of mine make the cover of Stone Voices art and literary magazine! The publication features a wide variety of artists and they did an amazing spread on my work. I wasn’t expecting to make the cover and I was stunned when I opened the package! I urge you to check out the site and see some of the great work from the publisher Shanti Arts.