Carter was born into a family of artists in Royal Oak, Michigan. A third generation silkscreen maker and printer, he has been creating art his entire life. One of Carter's earliest artistic inspirations is a quote attributed to Joseph Campbell that the meaning of life is to “follow your bliss.” In 2009, Carter created his first painting while processing a traumatic life event. He applied silicone and acrylic material to a hollow core door, covering it with enamel. Since then, he has continuously developed his technique. Nowadays, Carter customizes thick enamel paint to create texture and uses acrylic paint for highlights.
While painting on doors allows him to create the large format he desires, Carter no longer purchases new substrates to be more sustainable in his artwork and create an upcycle. Since 2015, he has only been using recycled doors and wood that he finds in the street or has been donated by his local community.
Another source of Carter’s artistic inspiration is his regular practice as a yoga teacher in the local Ann Arbor community. For Carter, life is movement and, through mindful movement, yoga brings one’s awareness to one’s physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Carter is convinced that yoga expands one’s capacity for experience. He wants his art to do the same. His large format paintings invite the viewer to expand their experience through multiple textures, colors, sizes, and shapes.
Just as in yoga, movement plays a fundamental role in Carter’s artistic creations. In his studio, he builds large paddles to “move paint” while the substrate may be on the floor, on a stand, or leaning against the wall. “Movement” shines through the many textured layers in each art piece, offering a variety of interpretations and emotions. To Carter, these layers simulate his human experience, his feelings, thoughts, and beliefs.
Beyond his life’s mantra and yoga, Carter is inspired by the colors of nature, urban spaces, his visions, meditation, the variety of shapes and textures he encounters in his everyday life, as well as being surrounded by people who express their own creative power and energy. When you engage with his artwork, it may as well mirror your own experiences in this world.