Mike Carter BA Hons, is a Cardiff based painter specialising in landscapes. Mike studied Fine Art in Cardiff and was taught by Terry Setch RA and Michael Crowther. He is influenced by a wide range of painters both contemporary and historic.
Mike has been exhibiting frequently in Wales over the last few years. He was also selected for the RA Summer Exhibition in 2017 which helped re-confirm his ambitions as a painter.
"As a landscape painter I'm looking to convey a mood or a memory of a place.I find the point where the land meets the sea the most interesting in terms of basic geometry, vertical forms meeting horizontal and the endless variation thereof. I think this has an emotional connection to my childhood where I lived right on the South Devon coast near Plymouth.
I use sketches and photography as a method to record but the photographs and drawings are only a starting point. During the last few years I’ve become interested in building up the surface of my paintings. A protracted process of building up layers using a range of materials such as charcoal, chalk, wax, sawdust, blank ink acrylic and oil paint has become a fundamental working method for me. It allows the possibility for chance to play a part in the formation of a piece. Layers are built up, removed and reapplied until the work starts to come together or reveal itself.”