Please welcome Eric Carter to my blog. I did an interview with him for The Fine Arts Company and thought I'd share it here.
Eric Carter is a self-taught award-winning artist who experiments with many different styles, including Wildlife, Landscapes and Abstracts. His desire to paint Still life’s eventually became the focus of his work. He chooses to paint those objects he sees around him. Simple, everyday objects that he finds beautiful and are often overlooked. Landscapes are inspired by the pleasant aspects of the countryside scenes to be found around his western Maryland home.
When did you decide you wanted to become a painter?
There wasn’t a moment that I decided, I just enjoyed painting and was determined to teach myself the art of moving paint around on canvas.
Was anyone else in your family a painter? What was that like?
My younger brother is a Graphic Designer…but I’m the only one who paints.
Did your parents and friends encourage you to pursue your dreams or were they the “get a real job” type?
Received a lot of encouragement from friends.
How did you learn to paint so well?
It’s true what they say….Practice, Practice, Practice. I devoted time every day to paint something. You have to put that time in, in order to get better.
Can you recall the first piece of art you sold? What was that like?
Well my first craft show was in Martinsburg, WV about 12 years ago and only a few people showed up and I didn’t sell anything. Then a week later I get a call form a guy in Ohio, who pick up my card at the event and wanted to purchase 10 paintings. I was so excited, could not believe it. So that goes to show you that you never know.
Can you tell us a bit about your approach to colors?
I try to inject it into the painting in a way that excites
Do you teach art?
I have done some workshops.
Have you ever had a painter’s “block”? If yes, how did you resolve it?
Yes all the time. You have to wait for the inspiration to show up… and when it does…go for it!
How do you divide your time between doing business and actually painting?
The only time I paint is between 6pm to 9pm that works well for me