Born and raised in Niagara, this self-taught artist has been painting all his life. What started as a childhood passion has grown into success painting for galleries, collectors and the corporate world. Over the years a variety of companies from small boutiques to large international firms like Cargill Foods have commissioned Carm for a variety of paintings destined for the corporate lobbies and boardrooms or as limited edition prints for key employees and awards for years of service.
Corporate commissions might seem the natural choice for this M.B.A. graduate, yet his blend of detail and stylized mood are equally at home in galleries or private art collections.
"My very first painting was in oil. After many years painting in watercolour and acrylic I find it ironic that I’ve come full circle to the oil medium that I love. I love the expression oil painting allows me. Oil has an inherent desire to blend. I love both the boldness and whimsy of applying thick paint, and the impact created by the size of a large canvas. I believe that lighting is everything. I enjoy detail but my realism has a stylized feel that aspires to set a mood and immerse the viewer within the painting."
Oil painting was his first love and now he has returned to that medium with a passion. From moody street scenes to reflective figures in imaginary window settings, Carman’s recent paintings are oil on canvas. The paintings continue to express his signature notes of detail and lighting as he pushes the viewer within.
It’s easy to fall into the world created in “the Pillow and Pearl” oil on canvas painting. Detail first captures the focus of the viewer which then fades to the serenity of loose brush strokes and thick paint that surround the woman lost in reflective thought.