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 Earl L. Carpenter  (1931 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: landscape, some still life

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Known for breathtaking, panoramic scenes of the Grand Canyon, Earl Carpenter has had reproductions of his work in "Arizona Highways" magazines. He also paints western genre, specializing in Indians and has been an illustrator.

Carpenter was born in Long Beach, California and was in in the United States Air Force in the 1950s. He then enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles followed by study at the Chouinard Art Institute. Many of his paintings in those days were cloudscapes depicting the beauty he had observed flying airplanes.

In 1960, he and his wife, Millie, having set out to explore the country from California, got no further than Arizona, living first in Sedona and later in Phoenix and from 1978 in Flagstaff.

In Phoenix, he worked as a technical illustrator for an advertising agency and taught and sold his paintings at the Stable Art Gallery in Scottsdale. But soon he began fine art painting full time, at first in an abstract style, but he found a much wider audience for his realistic work. He began with subject matter focused on Hopi and Navajo Indians but became depressed over the poverty and living conditions of those people he observed.

He decided to turn to a subject that made him feel better, and that was the Grand Canyon, which he first saw in the 1960s. He is especially challenged by trying to go beyond a photographic rendering of the Canyon to expressing his feelings of awe about it. When he tires of that subject or finds he is repeating himself, he goes to a different area including the Grand Tetons.

To capture his landscapes on canvas, he first sketches in oil or watercolor and photographs the cloud formations because they change so rapidly.

Sources include:
"Art-Talk", November 1998, 'Carpenter on the Grand Canyon', Bill Macomber

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