Donald Carter

Artist Statement:

I have had a love for drawing since early grade school which branched out into several disciplines over the years. I worked as a seasonal pastel and watercolor portrait artist and caricaturist from 1972 until 1978. In the post university years, I have worked as a freelance technical writer, photographer and illustrator as well as some years spent in IT sales and service. Coinciding with my wife’s retirement from 37 years of teaching Special Education, we have chosen to pursue art full time, together. Art is a shared interest we have had since meeting each other in a Landscape Painting class taught by Harrison Groutage (who we think thoroughly enjoyed playing plein air matchmaker that summer).

My BFA in Illustration was earned from Utah State University in 1982. While there I studied under Glen Edwards – Illustration, Harrison Groutage – Landscape Painting, Moishe Smith – Printmaking, and Craig Law – Photography.

I love working alongside my wife – striving together to accomplish our individual and shared goals in art and other venues. If I had to pick one medium, it would be Encaustics, but I enjoy a wide variety of techniques and materials, often doing the same subject or scene in encaustic, oils, printmaking and pastels just to explore the possibilities. Materials that are difficult to control and seem to have a mind of their own often provide the most enjoyment but also the most frustration, which makes the additional effort required to produce something I am satisfied with, all the more rewarding.

Evidence of the artist’s hand is clearly visible in most of my work by intentional design, and has become a vital attribute in the last few years. Brush strokes, ink marks, splashes of molten wax – that record the touch of the artist – are what gives the work energy and interest. My work seems to take on a life or spirit of its own, leading me through the process and often even telling me when it is done.

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