Carpenter's innovative use of color was inspired by a trip to the Far East during his college years. Art was his field of study and he completed his BA in 1982 at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. He has also studied at Soochow University, National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; the Chienmai University in Cheinmai, Thailand.
Carpenter's landscapes are easily recognizable because of their vibrant colors. The colors are vigorous and experimental with brilliant magentas, blues, purples and splashes of yellow. He intensifies the natural color of our surrounding landscapes. To achieve this desired coloration while maintaining the freedom to draw, he works most often in pastel. His works are created in the studio and are a combination of reality and imagination. Sometimes inspiration is drawn from visits to museums where he absorbs the colors of Klimt and Monet.
"I bring my pictures to life by using marks, layers and color to create a history. Spots of color are worked over and over; the picture is complete when I can walk away from the drawing and feel no need to pick, scratch, or add another mark."
Carpenter has participated in solo shows and group exhibitions in the Midwest,
Including The Fanny Garver Gallery:
Solo Shows 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 Group Shows 1988, 1989, 2000
The Fanny Garver Gallery Invitational Show at Land's End Gallery, 1999