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"Though he went to school to study engineering, Joe W. Carter left that field in order to pursue a lifelong dream of being an artist. After receiving a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Utah in 2000, he began his career as a realist painter, documenting with artistic mastery small objects that are usually seen as being common or mundane."
"Carter remembers as a child his strong connection to objects, where in his mind salt shakers would fly and items had their own personality. Carter brings this connection into his present artwork. Visualizing the object and its many characteristics, the scratches and dents that tell a story, whether it be a simple pencil or as complicated as a blender. When painting Carter approaches each object in an intimate matter, because being up close allows him to know his subject and see its unique charm. By adding all its characteristics, the object becomes valuable and more than just ordinary.
To create his extraordinary pieces, Carter first draws the object on canvas, taking the time to get all the exact details needed to record the subject matter perfectly. He then proceeds to paint in the values, by only using one color. After putting down the values he goes over the top of them with color. This process takes hours, allowing each thinly painted layer to dry, but Carter finds it necessary in order to accurately capture his subject.
He finds that his career in Electrical Engineering was similar to painting, in that each has a process in which he enjoys examining intricate pieces to create a whole. ... After years of working in this career, Carter decided to pursue the arts. He went back to college, studying at the University of Utah, eventually obtaining a BFA in 2000. He is an award winning artist whose work is now part of the Springville Art Museum permanent collection, and has been..." http://terziangalleries.com/portfolio-items/joe-carter-painter/