Donald Carter

Artist Statement:

I enjoy working in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, sculpture, pen and ink, encaustics and printmaking. I have a love for the landscape that began with outdoor painting classes taught by Harrison Groutage at Utah State University, where I received my BFA in Illustration in 1980. I can still hear Grout saying “You only get one stroke!” when we were painting wet into wet, and his humorous advice on the choice of subject matter, “Don’t paint the freaks of nature”

Some artists have influenced me through their work alone such as the paintings by Sargent, Rembrandt, Bierstadt, Moran and in particular the intaglio works of Edward Borein, I have studied under Harrison Groutage, Glen Edwards, and Moishe Smith, receiving a wealth of personal instruction and inspiration from them, for which I always be grateful.
My enjoyment of photography has provided me with thousands of interesting still images to consider as subject matter, but there is nothing quite like painting from life, particularly outdoors. Painting and drawing have always been a part of my life. My decades as an illustrator tend to tie me to the world of realism, but I try not to become a slave to it. Clearly visible and expressive brushstrokes often bring what I see as a vital dimension to my paintings.
I am constantly drawn to the views of Kolob Canyons at sunset, enthralled by the powerful formations of stone and the constantly changing sunlight and shadow as they play upon the cliffs.

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