My Process, a Photo-Essay

This is where I live (digital photograph).

This is what I paint (cropped and enlarged from the photograph above).

This is a typical result (not based directly on any photograph; I don’t even own a camera).

My paintings, while they may appear realistic to some people and in certain contexts , are actually highly abstracted. This can be sen very clearly when they are viewed side-by side with a photograph of the same subject matter.

I use the patterns and colors in the sky near the horizon and on the surface of the water to derive a plastic vocabulary with which to express myself as a painter.


  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Was just looking at your photos on this and admiring them…would be great to live by the ocean. Your art is so true to this and yet not a reproduction of it.

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 3 years ago

    such a deep feeling of ocean!

  • James Lewis Hamilton
    James Lewis Ha...over 3 years ago

    you continue to influence my world view… wonderfully, with texture…


  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful art there, Carson, your work always looks calming.