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Sarah Gayle Carter

Sarah Gayle Carter

Lexington, Va

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I used to design things

Custom rugs mostly. Also mirrors, lamps, plates, furniture, and even scarves. Those fifteen years spent in the high end home furnishings market trained my "eye" and taught me much about the detail and discipline required to develop design strong enough to translate through the many phases of development from sketch to final manufactured product.

But now I paint

After so many years of working in a medium that requires such controlled expression, I wanted to play with line, form and color. I wanted to feel paint move under my hand. To put pigment on a surface for the shear joy and simple, direct pleasure of it. To kick back and roll with the looseness and freedom of this most traditional of all art forms.

Im having a blast

Coming from a design background, I respond to line, form, and color wherever I find them. I'm something of a color freak, and am drawn to clean compositions. I like to feel the texture of the paint and find the color hiding under the surface of forms. There's something inherently sensuous about the very process of painting. Whether land, sea, skin or fur, I can almost feel my brush stroking the subject's surface as I work.

Its magic

In addition to landscapes and other more traditional subject matter, I paint dogs. As a lark, I did a few high spirited, expressionistic dog portraits, dubbing them "Color Dogs:. The results were an immediate hit with dog lovers and have taken on a life of their own. One reviewer wrote, "Carter's 'Color Dog' portraits have a funky, off beat freshness that manage to convey not only the likeness, but also the personality of her animal subjects. With skillful brushwork and unerring eye, beloved pets come alive with an uncanny energy and presence, felt by owners and casual observers alike.

Now how cool is that?

Born and bred in Richmond Virginia, in 2008 I re-located to mid-coast Maine where I continue to paint (and cook, and write, and eat, and enjoy the fabulous scenery).

Life is good

www.sarahgaylecarterpaintings.com - website for paintings by Sarah Gayle Carter
www.colordogs.com - website for pet portraits by Sarah Gayle Carter
www.sarahgaylecarter.com - website for Sarah Gayle Carter Design

 

Simon by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Cecille, Odalisque #2 by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Monique, Odalisque #2 by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Mama by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Golden Dog by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Pixie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Bentley by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Dutch by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Pierre by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Jake by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Chip by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Juna by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Mama Kitty by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Big Wally by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Grace by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Umbro by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Ellie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Maggie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Iggy Pop by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Simon the Siamese by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Ollie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Bernice by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Sammy by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Winslow by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Toby by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Josie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Lay Lola Lay by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Nellie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

George Again by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Churchill by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Daisy by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Monty by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Baby Lulu by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Barnes by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Peek a Boo by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Hey Dude by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Golden Buddha by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Let's Go by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Flora Dora Fuzzy Face by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Slim by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Paddo by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Mr. Tibbs by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Little Jack by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Sadie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Tanner by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Mamie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Rosie by Sarah Gayle Carter

 

Bear by Sarah Gayle Carter