Earl Carpenter (b. 1931)

Proscenium, c. 1990
Oil, 30 in x 48 in
A native of Long Beach, California, Earl Carpenter currently lives near Grand Canyon, which he estimates is the subject of at least half his work. Inspired by the works of Thomas Moran and William Robinson Leigh, he began painting the canyon in the 1960s. Carpenter studied at Chouinard and the Art Center School in Los Angeles before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He spent a number of years as an illustrator for the aerospace industry, then he and his family moved to Arizona. He taught painting and worked as a technical illustrator before making a full-time career of fine-art painting. From his home in Munds Park, Carpenter makes frequent trips to Grand Canyon. His favorite vantage points are Duck-on-a-Rock Overlook and Yaki Point. Carpenter makes on-the-spot sketches, palette studies, notes, and photographs, which he uses later for reference, completing the final paintings in his studio. He works primarily in oils, using a limited palette that he likens to the palettes of the luminist painters of the late nineteenth century.

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