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Carter Wentworth

Artist Statement

For me, painting is a process of discovery. It’s not premeditated, but a reaction to the first mark I make upon the paper. I remain aware of the edges, and the painting becomes an excerpt of a larger imagined space.

My use of repeated forms, lines and juxtapositions is my visual “shorthand’. These forms, defined by color are my own record. The emotions and thoughts generated by these forms as they evolve, become the vision’s temporal record.

Just as in the gardens that I create, the paintings provide organically formed colored planes. This combination of new forms creates a layered curtain. It hides and reveals – the more one looks the more interactions one observes.

My painting is a synthesis of what I feel by seeing. The melding, contrasting, focusing and blurring are the visual tools I use to evoke feelings of fear, anger, frustration or exuberance, peace or joy. The juxtapositions of colored line creates a visual tension. The viewer is invited to share the experience.

I primarily use cotton based papers with water colour and gouache.

Carter Wentworth
January 20. 2018


  • 2017
    • Burns Gallery, Sarasota, FL
    • Ocean House Gallery,Cape Elizabeth, ME
  • 2015
    • Christine D’Anjou, Marblehead MA
    • MacKimee Co, lenox MA
    • Ocean House Gallery,Cape Elizabeth, ME