Robert Carter is a fulltime representational painter in oil and oil pastels in the American Impressionist tradition. His art primarily consists of landscapes and seascapes, based on scenes from Cape Cod, Boston’s South Shore, and greater New England. His approach to oil painting was developed from extensive self-study and under the tutelage of Copley Master Artist William Maloney, O.P.A., whom he considers his principal artistic mentor. He has also studied with the late Don Stone, N.A., Stapleton Kearns, and other prominent working artists.
For his oil paintings, Bob uses a limited palette composed of the primary colors (red, blue, yellow), orange (a convenience color), and white. He uses no tube purples or greens, preferring to mix these from primaries. His only earth pigment is yellow ochre. As with Monet and his followers, Bob uses no black. Brush stroke assumes equal importance with composition, value, and color in rendering the visual and emotional content of the image. Bob is careful to use only those materials and practices that will result in works of maximum longevity. For example, he only uses the most lightfast pigments on oil primed linen, which he frequently stretches or mounts on board himself. Paintings may be created on site (en plein air), from reference photographs, or from memory.
For his oil pastel paintings, Bob uses materials produced by the French firm Sennelier, who first developed oil pastels as an artistic medium at the request of Pablo Picasso in 1947. The usual ground for his oil pastel paintings is Canson Mi Teintes Touch, a heavyweight sanded paper with a pumice grit surface. Drawing from the complete range of Sennelier oil pastels, Bob is careful to use only those pigments that have the highest lightfast rating. All oil pastel paintings are framed under museum glass or non-glare acrylic.
In addition to Hull Artists, Robert Carter is a juried Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Center and a juried Associate Member of Oil Painters of America. He is also an artist member of the Provincetown Art Association and of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. H . Instagram at robertlcarterart.