I traveled by bicycle, paintbox ﬁrmly secured above the rear tire. I painted everywhere, at bus stops, between bowls and cookie tins in a friend’s kitchen, on the boardwalk beside the ferris wheel. Summer, spring, winter, fall …. I painted my life and the people around me. When I became the mother of three delightful children my priorities changed. Building blocks and make-believe nourished the garden of my creativity. As the children grew and the years passed, I became a studio painter, surrounded by four walls instead of buildings, trees and sky.
By 2004 the house and studio had become too quiet. My children and their friends no longer ﬁlled the rooms with laughter and dancing on a daily basis. I carried my paints out of the studio and painted musicians and dancers in the local pubs. The desire to capture life as it was happening returned. I painted at yoga classes, dance studios and musical performances. In 2012 I also returned to exploring mountains, cities and the people who pass through those spaces. I travel the by air, train, bus, car and foot. Lightweight gear and minimal supplies allows me easy mobility and immediate access to my drawing and painting tools whether hiking a trail or riding the Metro.
Studio paintings express my inner world, consisting of many layers of transparent paint and spontaneous marks that transform into ﬁgures and orbs. The paintings are expressions of human archetypes, rhythms and patterns of life, the seen, the unseen and the energy that pulses through the universe.
Diversity allows me to expand my graphic vocabulary and to explore new depths of visual expression in both paintings and drawings.
Link to Interview on Empty Easel: An Interview with Watercolorist Chris Carter