Anyone can look at beautiful, eye-catching portraits of everyday people doing everyday things. Or... you can gaze instead at the people who live in Carrie Ann Baade's world. You'll see influences from literature and history, plus some truly weird creatures.

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Queen Bitch - a Woman of Power who is not afraid to wear it.

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Bride Stripping the Bachelors Bare - interaction between female and male desire

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Plague, an Allegory about Dating - notice how the young woman is surrounded by all these frogs, frogs she must kiss before she can find her "prince"

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Insomniac - No doubt because of the children, right?

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

Cupid Complaining to Venus - because basically Love Hurts!

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Littlest Queen - the face your wear in public

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

Red Queen - Female power and its consequences

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Ecstacy of Madam Delarosa - Self portrait of a broken heart.

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Ectoplasm of Miss Svengali as Produced by Madam Phantasm Illusionista - a self portrait, the artist channels the images through her

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Perilous Compassion of the Honey Queen - she gives her sacred honey for healing although some cannot be healed

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

Lacrymous Melancholia - just can't get those voices out of her head

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

Frog Prince - What you see is really what you get

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

Demon Mother - a version of all those Madonna and Child portraits

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

St. Rage - because some deities are fed from our negative energies. We seem to feed this one daily.

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The Eater of Hearts - an interpretation of the Egyptian Goddess Ammut. She eats all the unworthy hearts.

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The Severance of Creeping Charlotte

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The Supposedly Shared Sorrow of Magdalene and the Crocodile

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Sisters of the Hell's Mouth - They hold open the jaws to the Gateway of Hell.

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Teachings of Lilith - she spreads enlightenment and free will

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The Character of Mercy

The oddly disturbing royal portraits of Carrie Ann Baade

The Queen of Oblivion

For more about Carrie Ann Baade, please check out her website at:

http://www.carrieannbaade.com/index.html